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Georgia: Dozens protest insulting statements against Putin on Rustavi 2 Channel00:38

Georgia: Dozens protest insulting statements against Putin on Rustavi 2 Channel

Georgia, Tbilisi
July 7, 2019 at 22:45 GMT -00:00 · Published

Locals gathered in front of the Rustavi 2 Channel building in Tbilisi on Sunday to protest obscene statements that were made by host Georgy Gabunia on his programme towards Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier in the day.

People seen throwing stones and shouting at the scene.

The President of Georgia, Salome Zurabishvili, unequivocally condemned the incitement of hatred, verbal aggression, insults and provocative statements made today at Rustavi 2.

"They run counter to all Georgian traditions, serve only to divide and heighten tensions in the country, with Russia and in the region," she wrote on Twitter.

Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze also slammed Rustavi 2 on Twitter for "provocation and an attempt to destabilize the country."

On June 21 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree suspending flights to Georgia by Russian airlines starting from July 8, following anti-government protests in Tbilisi.

The tensions began after Russian MP Sergei Gavrilov addressed the audience from the seat of the Georgian parliamentary speaker during the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy on June 20.

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Locals gathered in front of the Rustavi 2 Channel building in Tbilisi on Sunday to protest obscene statements that were made by host Georgy Gabunia on his programme towards Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier in the day.

People seen throwing stones and shouting at the scene.

The President of Georgia, Salome Zurabishvili, unequivocally condemned the incitement of hatred, verbal aggression, insults and provocative statements made today at Rustavi 2.

"They run counter to all Georgian traditions, serve only to divide and heighten tensions in the country, with Russia and in the region," she wrote on Twitter.

Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze also slammed Rustavi 2 on Twitter for "provocation and an attempt to destabilize the country."

On June 21 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree suspending flights to Georgia by Russian airlines starting from July 8, following anti-government protests in Tbilisi.

The tensions began after Russian MP Sergei Gavrilov addressed the audience from the seat of the Georgian parliamentary speaker during the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy on June 20.

Mandatory Credit to Sputnik

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