Published: Tue, July 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Moscow fumes at obscene anti-Putin rant by Georgian TV host

Moscow fumes at obscene anti-Putin rant by Georgian TV host

On the following day, Russian Transport Ministry announced that flights of Georgian airlines to Russia will also be halted from July 8.

"Undoubtedly, such behavior - no matter if it was triggered by someone seeking to further complicate Russian-Georgian relations or was the result of complete insanity - is unworthy of the Georgian people who boast an ancient history and rich cultural traditions". "It allows the Kremlin to say: 'See, the Georgian government agrees with us". "We view this as another outright provocation by Georgian radical forces aimed at undermining Russian-Georgian relations".

We are expecting an adequate reaction from the thematic global and regional organisations and the journalistic community.

Russia has denounced an expletive-laden attack on Vladimir Putin by a Georgian television host, as Russian MPs threaten to further cut trade amid a deepening diplomatic crisis between the neighbouring countries.

Following the incident, the Georgian Foreign Ministry has slammed the insulting remarks as an attempt to sour already complicated relations between Georgia and Russian Federation. He deemed Gabunia's words "a deliberate action to establish a sense of destabilization in the country". The Russian government's ban on direct flights between Russia and Georgia came into effect on Monday, affecting many thousands of travellers.

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"Unfortunately, the statements released by the Georgian government are in line with the Kremlin".

Georgia's Prime Minister, Mamuka Bakhtadze, deplored Gabunia's outburst, saying "this is a war by provocateurs against their country, a dirty and disgusting game with the security of the state and citizens".

Giorgi Gabunia, the host of Georgia's Rustavi 2 TV channel, earlier went into a rant, spewing forth several crude comments about the Russian authorities in his Post Scriptum program.

The proposed sanctions would ban imports of Georgian wine and mineral water and halt financial remittances back home by Georgians working in Russian Federation among a suite of measures that could badly hurt Georgia's economy.

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