Some 500 Russian officers and soldiers temporarily stationed at a Russian military base in Armenia’s Gyumri have been refused Georgian visas for one month already which they need to cross Georgia’s border to be deployed at a Russian military base in southern Georgian Akhalkalaki.
According to A-Info news agency, some 800 officers of the Akhalkalaki base, mostly of Armenian origin, were redeployed in Russia after appointment of a new commander of Russian forces in South Caucasus, who is seated in Tbilisi. Some 500 Russian officers and sergeants were dispatched to replace them. The agency cited its sources as saying that previously Russians were allowed to cross Georgia’s border after paying hefty bribes to Georgian bodyguards. Now, according to the same sources, this is practically impossible.