Flights to resume between Russia, Georgia

18th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Regular flights between Russia and Georgia are to be restored, two years after the two nations fought a brief war, the private Russian airline S7 said on Wednesday.

Rossaviatsia, Russia's federal agency for air transport, gave the green light to S7 to resume flights between Russia and Georgia, but did not say when this is effective, the airline told Russian news agencies.

Spokesmen for S7 were unavailable for comment.

Until now, only charter flights have been allowed to fly between Georgia and Russia during the Orthodox Easter holiday in April that is celebrated in both countries.

Flights were interrupted in August 2008 when Russian forces invaded Georgia, following an attempt by Tbilisi to recover South Ossetia.

Russian troops pulled out of Georgia, but remained in separatist states South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Georgia insists that Abkhazia and South Ossetia belong to its territory, while Russia recognises their independence and has signed military cooperation agreements with them.

© 2010 AFP

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