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Russian airlines will lose about three billion rubles for the termination of air links with Georgia. This was stated by the Minister of transport of Russia Yevgeny Ditrikh, reports TASS.
Dietrich noted that the amount of loss calculated “very preliminary”. Carriers will be able to estimate the losses by the end of next week.
The Minister said that about 4.5 million Russians living in Georgia, refused ahead of time to fly out of the country. The Ministry of transport has allocated additional funds to arrange transportation of tourists who want to leave Georgia this week.
A ban on direct air links with Georgia will enter into force on 8 July. President Vladimir Putin signed a corresponding decree on 21 June. This decision was taken in connection with the wave of anti-Russian protests that swept Tbilisi. The unrest was triggered by the participation of the Russian delegation in the session of the Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy, during which the Deputy of the state Duma sat in the chair of speaker of the Georgian Parliament.
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