TBILISI, Georgia, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Two Russian journalists left Tbilisi for Moscow after being denied visas to enter Georgia, a Georgian Interior Minsitry official said.
Maxim Shevchenko, co-chairman of the joint public commission on the resolution of conflicts in the Caucasus, and Izvestia daily Editor in Chief Vladimir Mamontov were stopped at the Tbilisi airport Monday evening. The interior ministry spokesman said they were turned away from the border because they had crossed into Georgia before in violation of that country's laws.
They stayed in the Abkhazian and Tskhinvali region, he said.
The third Russian member of the commission, Alan Kasayev, who arrived in Tbilisi on the same flight, was allowed into the country. He received an entry visa because he never violated Georgian laws, officials said.
Kasayev is the director of RIA Novosti's Department of the CIS and Baltics. He is to meet with the Georgian co-chairman of the commission, Georgian Times President Malkhaz Bulashvili and with Catholoic-Patriarch Iliya II of All Georgia.
They will attend a roundtable on normalization of relations between Georgia and Russia, the report said.