Russia Suspends Transport, Postal Links To Georgia
October 3, 2006 -- Russia has suspended all transport and postal links with Georgia following Tbilisi's detention last week of four Russian officers accused of spying.
Russia has already evacuated embassy staff and their families (InterPressNews)
Georgia released the Russians to the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) on October 2 and they then immediately left Georgia for Moscow.
But a spokesman for Russia's Transportation Ministry, Timur Khikhmanov, said that as of today, all air, rail, road, and sea transport to Georgia has been halted until further notice.
The Communications Ministry said postal services to Georgia have also been suspended.
The Kremlin said the measures against Georgia will remain in force until further notice.
Boris Gryzlov, the speaker of the lower house of parliament, the State Duma, said the measures were aimed against President Mikheil Saakashvili's "regime."
"The release of our servicemen is no reason why we shouldn't discuss a statement [on Georgia] tomorrow, because unfortunately the Saakashvili regime is escalating the situation and the State Duma sees it necessary to react to that," Gryzlov said.
The European Union has urged Russia to lift the "sanctions." EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner told Reuters today that "sanctions do not, particularly in this case, lead anywhere."
The United States has urged Russia and Georgia to "lower the rhetoric."