Russia simplified the order of issuing visas for Georgian citizens, says the message at the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
The message says that “in the view of the ongoing normalization of Russia-Georgia relations, as well as stimulation of positive tendencies between the states”, Georgian citizens can apply all sorts of visas regardless the kindred between the host and the guest.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry added that the Russian side is ready “to take more steps to improve the interstate relations, which includes the forthcoming implementation of the visa-free regime, based on the principle of mutuality”.
Russia introduced the visa regime for Georgia in 2000. After the 2008 armed conflict in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Moscow broke the diplomatic contacts with Tbilisi. In 2012, the Georgian side unilaterally cancelled visa regime for Russians.
Earlier, at a December press conference in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country was ready to completely cancel the visa regime for Georgia.