September 25, 2019 / 7:26 PM / a month ago

Russia's Lavrov favours resumption of direct flights to Georgia - Kommersant

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrives for a United Nations Security Council meeting on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N., headquarters in New York, U.S., September 25, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov supports the resumption of direct flights from Russia to Georgia that Moscow suspended in July, the Kommersant daily cited him as saying in an interview published on Wednesday.

“It seems to me that it will be right (to restore flights) after the majority of the Georgian population realised the counterproductive and provocative nature of the trick that took place in the Georgian parliament,” Lavrov said, according to Kommersant.

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the temporary ban of passenger flights from Russia to Georgia following an outbreak of unrest in Tbilisi triggered by the visit of a Russian lawmaker in June.

Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien

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