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Georgia not to allow Russian flights to Abkhazia
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2010-06-01 08:54

Direct commercial flights between Moscow and Sukhumi, capital of a Georgian breakaway territory Abkhazia, are "unacceptable," Georgian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

"Any flights without the consent of Georgian authorities would be a gross violation of internationally recognized norms as well as violation of agreement on international air transportation", the ministry said, as quoted by RIA Novosti news agency.

Last week, Abkhazian President Sergei Bagapsh announced that the direct air link between Moscow and Sukhumi could be opened in July. Initially, there will be two flights a week. The planes will be piloted by the Russian military crews.

Russian military transport aviation commander-in-chief Viktor Kachalkin confirmed the information about direct flights on Monday.

Agreement on air transportation between Russia and Georgia was signed in 1993. According to the document, all regular, chartered and other flights would be conducted only by the permission of the other side's aviation authority.

Air link between Russia and Abkhazia halted in 1993 soon after the start of the Abkhazian-Georgian military conflict.

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