The following news release has been republished here courtesy ofthe Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Lithuania
Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs highlights the risk and danger that Lithuanian citizens face as they violate the laws of Georgia when travelling to Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) regions in Georgia.
We repeatedly request Lithuanian citizens to comply with the recommendations of the MFA and to refrain from travelling to those regions. You can find the recommendations on the websites of the Foreign Ministry and of the Lithuanian Embassy in Georgia.
In accordance with the laws that currently are in effect in Georgia, foreign nationals can enter the occupied territories of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region (former South Ossetia) only in compliance with the rules laid out by the Government of Georgia and only from the territory that is controlled by Georgian authorities: foreign nationals may enter and leave Abkhazia only through Zugdidi Municipality; it is allowed to enter and leave Tskhinvali region (South Ossetia) only through Gori Municipality.
If foreigners enter these territories without complying with the procedure laid down by the Government of Georgia, they increase the risk of having certain problems to leave those territories. Entering these territories directly from other states shall be regarded by Georgia as an illegal crossing of the Georgian border and shall be punishable accordingly. The states that had allowed the foreigners to leave for Abkhazia and/or Tskhinvali region through their territories would not necessarily admit them back, because their single entry visas would be expired.
In cases when Lithuanian citizens travel to those regions of Georgia and violate the laws of this country, the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs cannot guarantee security during the stay in these territories or effectively represent the interests of the citizens of Lithuania.
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