Georgia Ossetians promises visa-free travel to Europe

New Georgian President George Margvelashvili said that residents of Georgia’s breakaway republics - Abkhazia and South Ossetia - will soon have the opportunity to travel to Europe without visas. Such a statement as the “Georgia Online” he made in an interview with local TV.

According Margvelashvili, visa-free travel for the Abkhazians and Ossetians provided Georgia Association Agreement with the European Union that the Georgian authorities are planning to sign next year. “What is tamoshnego society [in Abkhazia and South Ossetia] perspective? We will soon show them this term. - The president said. - We will show modern European Georgia, where a resident of Tskhinvali will keep your passport, which is easy, without any visa can move to Vienna, Berlin and Rome. ”

For what specifically passports Abkhazians and Ossetians will travel to Europe, not specified. Own passports of these republics in the EU officially recognized.

Georgia, recall, at the recent EU summit initialed (pre-approved) an association agreement with the EU. Finally sign it in Tbilisi in 2014. The authorities of the Republic claim that do not follow the example of Ukraine, which (as it is considered under the influence of Russia) at the last moment refused to sign a similar agreement. In opposition, in turn, warned that Georgia may face blackmail Russia associated with the presence of Georgian products to the Russian market.

Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which now promises visa-free travel to Europe, Georgia had tried to draw “neutral passports.” According to these documents, you can use the social services available to the Georgian population, as well as travel abroad (recall that most of the residents of South Ossetia and Abkhazia are in line with national and Russian passports, however, in the EU they have repeatedly refused to issue visas even by Russian documents ). Special demand “neutral passports” did not use: according to last year, were issued only a few hundred such documents.

The current leadership of Georgia - the ruling coalition “Georgian Dream”, which replaced in power team Mikheil Saakashvili - declares his intention to reconcile with the Abkhazians and Ossetians. At the same time, official Tbilisi does not waive claims for lost territory and continues to call them “occupied” (”occupier” in Tbilisi considers Russia).

This position is open to criticism in Sukhumi and Tskhinvali. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Ossetia, in particular, commenting speech of the leader of the “Georgian Dream”, the Prime Minister Ivanishvili PACE spring of 2013, stated that “in Georgia there is a continuity of ideas and ideology of Nazism” and that they do not believe in Tskhinvali “loud and false statements Georgian leaders about the peacefulness and the brotherhood of the Ossetian people. “

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