Georgia comments on Russian MFA statement
Georgian authorities have assessed the statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry, which warns on Russian citizens to abstain from travelling to Georgia, as an attempt to discredit Georgian government and cause provocations. Russian Foreign Ministry drew attention to the "absence of security" for Russian citizens in Georgia and advised Russians against travelling to that country.
"Georgian secret services secretly trace Russians arriving in Georgia. Detentions are not publicized, unlike Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili "propaganda shows" such as his trip to the Kazbegi checkpoint where he reportedly welcomed Russian travelers in, saying "Come more often", the statement reads.
State Security Undersecretary Batu Kutelia downplays the concerns of the Russian government and quotes various surveys of international organizations, who named Georgia among the most secure states of Europe, therefore, any citizen of Russia would feel secured themselves in Georgia.
`Unfortunately, they had such inadequate reaction on the positive steps made by Georgian government. Instead of facilitating to the simplification of relations between nations, they made such destructive and provocative reaction,` Batu Kutelia said.