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Russia freezes transport links to Georgia

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Russia freezes transport links to Georgia

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Russia’s transport ministry has ordered air, rail, land and sea links with its neighbour, Georgia, to be suspended, according to Russian news agencies. The ministry has so far refused to offer any explanation for the decision, which comes only hours after Georgia moved to defuse a spy row with Russia.

Tbilisi said it would hand over four Russian intelligence officers it had arrested on suspicion of espionage last week. Following the arrests, which Russian President Vladimir Putin described as “an act of state terrorism with hostage taking”, Moscow withdrew its ambassador from Georgia and threatened economic sanctions.