In a recent meeting with members of Delovaya Rossiya, Russian President Vladimir Putin shared his surprise at the reaction of Georgia after the cancellation of visas. Putin expressed his astonishment at the unexpected uproar that ensued, stating, “The reaction was a complete surprise to me. I thought everyone would have said: ‘Thanks, that’s so good.’ No, there was a completely incomprehensible uproar. It is very surprising. Looking at it, I thought: have they gone crazy? It is not clear what is happening there.”
The decision to cancel visas was made by Putin in light of the holiday season and to support the people in Georgia who desire normal relations with Russia. Additionally, the move aimed to bolster Russian businesses and citizens who hold an affinity for the neighboring country. Putin emphasized, “As I have already said, we are taking steps and will continue taking into account how our partners will react to it.”
Putin also highlighted the importance of Georgia determining its development path. He asserted that Georgia must make its own choices and decide the direction it wishes to pursue.
The Unexpected Uproar
The cancellation of visas by Russia took many by surprise, especially President Putin. Instead of the expected gratitude, an incomprehensible uproar emerged, leaving Putin bewildered by the response.
Support for Georgia
Putin’s decision to cancel visas stemmed from his desire to support the people of Georgia who yearn for amicable relations with Russia. Additionally, the move aimed to bolster Russian businesses and citizens who have an enduring fondness for their neighboring country.
According to Putin, Georgia should have the freedom to determine its development path. He believes that the country must be allowed to choose its future direction and make decisions accordingly.