Russia’s transport embargo on Georgia is already having an impact. Passengers hoping to travel home from Tbilisi’s airport found themselves stranded. Flights to Moscow have been cancelled and several passengers had to sleep in the airport. The Kremlin says all transport links to Georgia have been cut until further notice.
“I have been here for very sad reasons, and wanted to fly back to Moscow today,” one man at the airport said. “Now I am not sure that I’ll be able to fly today.” “I still cannot believe this is happening. I’m still hoping to fly today, I still believe I will,” another woman said. It is the first time Russia has used such pressure against a former Soviet state. The European Union says the sanctions are disproportionate and has appealed for calm in the diplomatic row.