The State Duma called on the government to opt out of purchasing wine and water from Georgia, as well as to slap the ban on money transfers to this country in response to insulting Vladimir Putin in a live television broadcast, RIA Novosti reports.
“We find dishonouring our country, our people, our president unacceptable. With that in mind, we suggest that the government should consider the possibility of halting the imports of wine and water from Georgia; we even discussed the issue of termination of money transfers from the territory of Russia,” Vyacheslav Volodin, Speaker of the lower house of Russia’s parliament, said.
On July 7, journalist Giorgi Gabunia used obscene language when being live on TV station Rustavi 2. He insulted Russian leader and said that there was no place for such persons as Vladimir Putin in Georgia. Following the controversial speech, the channel suspended broadcasting.
Most Russian MPs came out flat for initiating a criminal case against Gabunia.
In June, the protests broke out in Georgia after Russian MP Sergei Gavrilov addressed the Inter-Parliamentary Orthodoxy Assembly which is being held in Tbilisi. The fact that he was sitting in the chair of the Georgian parliament speaker and speaking Russian caused public outcry in the country. In the context of the war that burst out in August 2008, many locals consider Russia an aggressor and invader and take a critical look at its efforts to have any influence in Georgia.