Russia and Georgia have agreed to re-open their land border which has been closed since 2006.
After Swiss mediation, both countries have been able to agree a deal which would see the border opened by next March.
The Upper Lars checkpoint is the only land border crossing that does not go through Georgia’s Russian-backed rebel regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
However, this move does not mean that air travel between Russia and Georgia will be
re-established. Following tensions over South Ossetia last year, Russia cut air links with Georgia.
Privately-owned airline, Georgian Airways is seeking to resume charter flights between Moscow and Tbilisi, and has asked the Russian government to lift the embargo. They have not received an answer yet. However, opening the Upper Lars checkpoint may be the first step in a thawing of relations between both countries.