Russia: Putin against imposing sanctions on Georgia out of ‘respect for Georgian people’

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Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke out against imposing sanctions on Georgia following marked deterioration in relations between the two countries. He was speaking in Ekaterinburg on Tuesday.
“As for sanctions on Georgia, I wouldn’t do that out of respect for the Georgian people,” Putin told journalists.
The Russian leader also commented on calls of Russian politicians to open a legal case against Georgia’s Rustavi 2's anchor Georgy Gabunia, saying that it give him "too much credit.”
On Sunday, Georgian private broadcaster Rustavi 2's anchor Georgy Gabunia started his PS live show with a profanity-filled tirade against the Russian president.
The President of Georgia, Salome Zurabishvili, unequivocally condemned the language used in the TV broadcast.
"They run counter to all Georgian traditions, serve only to divide and heighten tensions in the country, with Russia and in the region," she wrote on Twitter.
Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze also slammed Rustavi 2 on Twitter for "provocation and an attempt to destabilise the country."
On June 21, Putin signed a decree suspending flights to Georgia by Russian airlines starting from July 8, following anti-government protests in Tbilisi.
The tensions began after Russian MP Sergei Gavrilov addressed the audience from the seat of the Georgian parliamentary speaker during the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy on June 20.
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