Russia allows Georgian flights for first time since 2008 war
Moscow has given a Georgian airline permission to fly to Russia for the first time since the 2008 war, Russia's transport ministry said.
Moscow on Monday gave a Georgian airline permission to fly to Russia for the first time since the two countries fought a war last year, but Georgian Airways said the permission came too late to organise the flights.
A Georgian Airways spokeswoman said: "This permission came too late. We cannot organise these flights and cannot sell tickets within two days."
Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the Georgian authorities were to blame because they took five days to give their permission. The Georgian government was not immediately available for comment.
Moscow had given Georgian Airways permission for charter flights on December 29 and 30, ministry spokesman Timur Khikmatov told Reuters by phone.
"Permission has been given for flights between Moscow and Tbilisi and between St Petersburg and Tbilisi on December 29 and 30," he said. "They will be the first flights since the war."
No agreement has yet been reached for the resumption of regular flights, he said.
There have been no passenger flights between Russia and Georgia since the war.
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