Moscow hopes to solve the problem of mutual recognition of visas with Belarus to spring

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The Russian foreign Ministry hopes to solve the problem of mutual recognition of visas with Belarus by spring 2018, said Russian Deputy foreign Minister Grigory Karasin in interview to the newspaper «Kommersant».

«We are actively working on this document (the intergovernmental agreement of Russia and Belarus – approx. ed.). We have a common understanding of the importance of a common visa space, but there are some technical difficulties. In the near future will contact experts on the topic, and I hope that we are at the beginning of the year will solve this problem», — he said.

«This is problem # 1. I hope that you decide not even to the championship (world Cup – approx. ed), and in the spring. The willingness of the two parties is, there is a lapping of parts. I will not go into details of the negotiations. Let me just say that both sides are interested in as soon as possible to establish an international legal basis for the decision of the visa unit and to adjust the transit procedures of foreigners from Russia to Belarus and Vice versa,» the diplomat added.

Belarus and Russia are working on a draft agreement on mutual recognition of visas and other permits for stay in the territory of the Union state. Earlier it was planned that the agreement will affect citizens of those countries with which Moscow and Minsk have the same order of entry. A five-day visa-free regime, which was introduced in Belarus against residents of the 80 countries provided entry through the airport of Minsk, will be valid only on the territory of Belarus. That is, the alien will not be able in this mode to visit the Russian Federation.

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