The Revenue Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia, which is responsible for customs control at the border, announced the transfer of checkpoints to a special regime due to a significant increase in traffic flow.
This is reported by "News-Georgia".
On Monday, the department announced that the number of customs officers is increasing at all border checkpoints and the checkpoints are working 24 hours a day. It is also noted that the Georgian side is in contact with Turkish, Azerbaijani and Armenian colleagues to prevent problems with the cross-border movement of goods.
Last week, the customs officials still stated that nothing extraordinary is happening at the border.
Since the announcement by the President of the Russian Federation of "partial mobilization", the real extent of which is unknown, giant queues of Russians fleeing the country have formed on the border of Russia with Georgia - like many of Russia's neighbors.
On Sunday, the queue at the Russian-Georgian border reached 20 kilometers - all the way to Vladikavkaz, the estimated time for passing control is two days. There were reports of people trying to walk through the traffic jam, with children and suitcases, crossing the border on bicycles and scooters.
Over the weekend, an opposition MP said on TV that she had insider information about Tbilisi's plans to partially close the border to Russians from Monday, but these rumors were not officially confirmed.
As you know, the opposition and a number of public organizations have been demanding restrictions on the entry of Russians into the country, their purchase of real estate in Georgia, etc. since March. The ruling party accused the opponents of unleashing a "shameful xenophobic-chauvinistic campaign" against citizens of the Russian Federation.