16 May 2023 17:10

EU regrets Georgia's consent to allowing flights to and from Russia - Borrell's rep

BRUSSELS. May 16 (Interfax) - The European Union regrets Georgia's decision to not join European restrictions on the Russian aviation sector and to resume flights to and from Russia, Peter Stano, spokesman for EU High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, said in a statement.

"This latest decision by Georgian authorities raises concerns in terms of Georgia's EU path and Georgia's commitments to align with EU decisions in the foreign policy as foreseen in the EU-Georgia Association Agreement," Stano said at a press briefing in Brussels on Friday.

Georgia previously complied with around 40% of the EU's foreign policy and security decisions, which was not much, and the share stands at 31% this year, Stano said. "This is very regrettable," he said.

Earlier this week, "the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization concerns were conveyed to the Georgian authorities regarding the overall security of the Russian aviation sector and Russian aircraft," Stano said.