Moscow is enraged by an obscene protest against Putin by the Georgian television presenter
MOSCOW: Russia Monday was spoiled after a presenter in Georgia launched into a live television diatribe against the president. Vladimir Putin , which unleashed the last row between neighboring countries.
Protesters in Georgian capital Tbilisi have rallied over the past weeks after a Russia n lawmaker spoke in the Georgian parliament, with Moscow responding by adjusting restrictions on wine imports and suspending flights to Georgia.
Risking further strain on relations, a presenter with opposition Georgian channel Rustavi-2, Giorgi Gabunia, began his programme late Sunday by addressing Putin with a string of expletives in Russia n.
The channel issued an apology, and Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze called the explosion a categorically unacceptable provocation that could threaten peace in the nation.
The obscenities directed at Putin provoked a furious reaction from the Kremlin. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov called it absolutely unacceptable and a disgrace for the Georgians.
The disturbance feeds into tensions that have seen lawmakers in the Russia n parliament discussing imports of and mineral water, and banning money transfers between the two countries.
"There is constant provoking of a conflict with Russia ," said parliamentary speaker Vyacheslav Volodin.
The ban on flights between the two countries decreed by Putin last month came into effect on Monday. It was meant to affect the summer flow of tourists to Georgia Black Sea resorts, traditionally popular among Russia ns seeking seaside sun.