BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:30 P.M.) – Georgia has refused to allow two Syrian airlines access to their airspace, the Reuters News Agency reported.

Citing a government official, Reuters reported that Georgia denied two Syrian airlines access to their airspace in retaliation for Damascus recognizing two Georgian breakaway regions last month.

“I can confirm that Georgia’s airspace is closed for two Syrian air companies: Syrian Air and Cham Wings,” Gocha Mezvrishvili, head of the ex-Soviet country’s Air Navigation Service, said late on Tuesday.

“It will be closed for any Syrian air companies … We made this decision after Syria recognized our occupied regions,” the Reuters report added.

This move by Georgia comes just a month after Syria made the decision to recognize the two Georgia breakaway regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

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