EU opens door to GEORGIA as visa-free travel AGREED for Russian neighbour

Now the fight could have come to an end as the EU decides to embrace the state, bringing it into the Schengen agreement – and risking further angering Russia premier Vladimir Putin.

The EU stepped up negotiations with the former soviet nation of 3.7 million people this year, and has approved an easing of travel restrictions for nationals entering Europe and other European nationals entering Georgia.

Reacting to Wednesday’s decision, Georgian foreign minister Mikheil Janelidze said he was “delighted” by the “timely” announcement – just days before parliamentary elections in Georgia which could now give pro-European parties a bump in popularity.

He also stressed the approval would deepen relations between Georgia and EU member states in business, tourism, cultural and other sectors.

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