Georgian Parliament Speaker Shalva Papuashvili said that imposing direct sanctions against Russia and restricting the entry of Russians would seriously damage Georgia's economy, and criticized opposition calls for such a move.
His words are quoted by "News-Georgia".
"We remember how the opposition and some civil activists made a noise with the call to close Georgia's borders, introduce a visa regime, stop trade... An analysis was recently published that showed that if the Georgian government had done this, Georgia today would not have increased , and a drop in economic growth by 10%," the spokesman said.
He added that the authorities cannot resort to measures that will lead to inflation and business closures, as Georgia "does not have the umbrella of EU solidarity, which would protect it with various subsidies in such a case." The speaker also urged "to think about where the Georgian opposition and some public organizations are leading the country."
At the same time, he added that Georgia adheres to Western sanctions.
Meanwhile, Deputy Finance Minister Mikhail Dundua said that for Georgia, sanctions against Russia would become "sanctions against itself."