About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 17:09 - 20 Feb.'17
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Tbilisi Condemns Russian-Abkhaz Passenger Boat Service
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 18 Aug.'10 / 23:30

Maritime traffic to ferry passengers from Russia's Black Sea ports to Gagra in breakaway Abkhazia "is an open challenge to the international community and yet another clear demonstration that Russia does not consider itself bound" by international norms, the Georgian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on August 17.

According to the reports by Russian news agencies, hovercraft boats, operated by a Sochi-based firm, launched this month regular traffic carrying passengers between Russia's Black Sea port of Tuapse in north of Sochi and Gagra. The boats make several stops before reaching Gagra, including in Sochi for passport control.

Officials in Sokhumi say, that land border crossing facilities with Russia can not properly handle existing volume of traffic during the summer, causing jams at border crossing point "Adler" and the launched maritime traffic is hoped to ease traffic on the land border.

The Georgian Foreign Ministry said that by launching maritime traffic with the breakaway region, Russia violates number of international conventions, as well as Georgia's law on occupied territories.  

It called on the international community to take relevant measures to secure Russia's fulfillment of its international commitments.

Maxim Gvinjia, foreign minister of breakaway Abkhazia, told RFE/RL's Russian-language service, Ekho Kavkaza, that the launched maritime traffic aimed at easing ordinary people's transpiration problems.

"I don't understand why it causes concern and protest [in Tbilisi], that it is becoming better here - that's terrible," Gvinjia said.

Latest News
20 Feb.'17 17:09
Free Democrats Party Elects New Leaders
Free Democrats garnered 4.63 percent of nationwide votes in the last parliamentary elections.
20 Feb.'17 14:58
Citizens Rally in Support of Rustavi 2
Rustavi 2, Tbilisi-based television channel, is locked in an ongoing ownership dispute.
20 Feb.'17 11:21
Georgian PM Meets World’s Leaders in Munich
PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili attended the Munich Security Conference on February 17-19.
18 Feb.'17 02:45
Rustavi 2 TV Suspends Broadcasting until Sunday
The channel will resume broadcasting after its rally on February 19.
17 Feb.'17 17:25
‘Senior Cleric’ Not a Target, Prosecutors Say
The prosecutors said on February 16 that the alleged murder plot target was not the Orthodox Patriarch.
17 Feb.'17 13:31
EU-Georgia Parliamentary Association Committee Meeting in Strasbourg
The Committee expects visa-free travel to become ‘a concrete reality’ during the month of March.
16 Feb.'17 17:16
NATO-Georgia Commission Meeting in Brussels
NATO Defense Ministers decided to enhance the organisation’s presence in the Black Sea region.
16 Feb.'17 15:19
Research: Georgia’s Economic Freedom Index Improved
Georgia is ranked as 13th freest economy in the world and 5th freest in Europe.
15 Feb.'17 17:23
Defense Minister to Attend NATO-Georgia Commission
The NATO-Georgia Commission will be held on February 16 as part of the NATO Defense Ministerial.
15 Feb.'17 15:23
Defense Ministry Reinstates Conscription
Conscription was annulled in June by former Defense Minister, drawing criticism from the ruling party.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2017, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
65