President Saakashvili welcomed the Belarus Foreign Ministry’s warning to its citizens to enter into Abkhazia and South Ossetia only via Georgia, describing it as “a very brave decision of the Belarus President” Alexander Lukashenko.
“I think time has come when the international community should carry out accelerated reintegration of Belarus,” Saakashvili added.
Georgia’s law on occupied territories permits foreign citizens to enter into the two breakaway regions only via Georgian territory and considers entry there via Russia as illegal, in case there is no special permit issued by the Georgian authorities.
On July 23, the same official from the Belarus Foreign Ministry’s consulate service tried to downplay that warning by saying that the media showed “clearly excessive interest” towards the matter. He said that the Foreign Ministry deemed it necessary to make such explanation following two cases of arrest of Belarus citizens in Georgia recently over illegal entry into Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
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