Georgia-Russia border post reopens

Locals on both sides of the border welcome the opportunity to trade, but little else.

A border post between Russia and Georgia reopens for traffic and trade on Monday after four years, in a development welcomed by locals.

But the move is hardly a sign of improving relations between the two neighbours.

The border post – in the Kazbegi region of Georgia – was shut after tensions between Russia and Georgia escalated in 2006, a situation that eventually led to a five-day war in 2008.

Businesses hope the reopening will bring a much-needed economic boost to the region, but Georgian officials are adamant that there will be no thaw in relations with Moscow.

Matthew Collin reports from the Georgia-Russia border.

Source: Al Jazeera

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