Tbilisi rules out opening Georgia's ports for Russian cruises
Cruise liner (Photo:Alexander Ulyanov/www.flickr.com)
Georgian authorities have denied Russian media reports that cruise ships from Russia will start arriving at the country's ports this summer, News-Georgia reported on April 24.
Local news agency Vestnik Kavkaza claimed that this summer the "first cruise" of the Russian ship Peter the Great would take place, making stops in Novorossiysk, Sochi, Batumi, and Istanbul.
Georgia's Maritime Transport Agency responded by saying that the country has no maritime passenger or cruise service with Russia.
"The information being spread about the possible arrival of the Russian cruise ship Peter the Great in Georgian harbor in 2023 is an utter lie," the statement reads.
The agency had to deny reports earlier this year of a possible start of passenger traffic between the ports of Sochi and Batumi.
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