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Belarus And Russia May Sign Visa Recognition This December

The long-awaited agreement on the mutual recognition of visas between Belarus and Russia may be signed on 13 December 2018.

The draft agreement is in its final stage.

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Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei

The news was made public Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei after a joint meeting of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Russia and Belarus in Minsk on 21 November.

According to Makei, the working group on migration within the Union State will meet and discuss the issues by the end of this month.

“There are a few technical issues that need to be addressed. I think that it can be signed at the meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Union State in December. 

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The main task is to avoid control at internal borders, because it is important in the context of the transit component,” said Vladimir Makei.

On 16 Novemeber, Russian Ambassador Mikhail Babich said that the draft agreement between Belarus and Russia on the mutual recognition of visas was completed.

The strangest border in Europe

Russia announced setting up border posts on the border with Belarus in February 2017. In spring all flights to and from Belarus in Russian airports were transferred to the international terminals.

In autumn that year the Russian side declared the introduction of temporary border posts with Belarus starting spring 2018. Russia explained it with the concerns regarding the visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries previously established by Belarus.

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The two countries have been negotiating the mutual recognition of visas for several years. So far, this only applied to travelers during the 2018 World Cup.

As to the third-country nationals who want to cross the Belarusian-Russian border by car, bus or train, the issue remains unresolved.

Plans about the imminent signing of the agreement by the end of 2017 and in the spring of 2018 have remained unfulfilled.

Last week it became known that Russia is planning to establish an international checkpoint on the border with Belarus in the Smolensk region.

Source: TUT.BY