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Zelenskyy imposed sanctions against Russians and Georgian airline flying to Russia

Saturday, 1 July 2023, 12:12
Zelenskyy imposed sanctions against Russians and Georgian airline flying to Russia
Photo: georgian-airways.com

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has imposed sanctions on more than 190 individuals and 290 companies linked to Russia and the war against Ukraine.

Source: Zelenskyy's decrees

Details: The sanctions include 189 Russians, two Belarusians and Tamaz Gaiashvili, the founder of Georgian Airways.

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Another list contains almost 300 companies, mostly Russian. In addition to them, sanctions were imposed against the Belarusian Rogachev-based Diaproyektor plant [optical engineering plant - ed.]; Zenit-BelOMO [optical and mechanical factory - ed.]; Opti plant [Belarusian manufacturer of optical products and components - ed.]; Zeiss BelOMO, a joint Belarusian-German company; the Research and Production Centre for Multifunctional Unmanned Systems of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus; as well as Georgian Airways LLC.

Background

  • In May, Russia cancelled its unilateral ban on air traffic with Georgia, and on 20 May, Georgian Airways made its first direct flight to Russia in four years. 
  • Before that, Georgian Airways' harsh response to protests by outraged citizens outside its office caused a stir in Georgia.
  • The ruling party and the Georgian government reacted favourably to resuming air traffic with Russia, while President Salome Zourabichvili called for a boycott of Georgian Airways. For its part, the company declared her an undesirable passenger on its flights.
  • Pawel Herczynski, European Union Ambassador to Georgia, gave a demarch about Georgia to Levan Davitashvili, Georgian Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the Ministry of Economy, regarding the resumption of direct flights between Tbilisi and Moscow.

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