Georgian-Russian border open from Russian side, but movement inadvisable

Photo: Georgian-Russian border open from Russian side, but movement inadvisable
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Tbilisi, Georgia, May 22

By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

Georgia's Interior Minister, Alexander Chikaidze spoke about the work capacity of the Upper Lars border checkpoint, which links the Georgian-Russian border.

The Upper Lars border checkpoint has been closed for several days following a natural disaster, which hit Georgia's Dariali Gorge and created a threat of flooding of the Terek River.

Minister Chikaidze said Georgian-Russian border is open from the Russian side, but travelling in this area is inadvisable.

"The border is open from the Russian side, but at this stage travelling in this area is inadvisable as there are no roads," the minister said, recommending those wishing to travel to Russia to use alternative roads.

Today, it is possible to travel to Russia from Georgia using maritime and air transport.

It should be noted that a new riverbed was created on May 20 at the site of confluence of the Devdoraki and Terek rivers in Georgia.

This has been done as part of the disaster relief operations held in the Dariali Gorge, where a rock mass collapsed on May 17 blocking the Terek River.

The new riverbed facilitates the search and rescue operations, Georgia's Roads Department said earlier.

The search for seven people missing following the disaster is still continuing.

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