OREANDA-NEWS Georgian Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Natia Turnava, said that if Russia imposed a full embargo on Tbilisi, the country could have lost 4 billion lari (about $ 1.5 billion).

As the minister told reporters, in the event of an embargo on the part of Russia, the damage would have amounted to 4 billion lari. The main income is 750 million dollars from tourists. It also exports Georgian wine, agricultural products and mineral water.

She added that the number of tourists in the Adjara region has greatly decreased, "many hotel reservations have been canceled." The minister believes that irresponsible statements and aggressive rhetoric on the part of individuals in Georgia affect all of this.