Belarus and Russia keep discussing the agreement on mutual recognition of visas. Technical matters that have emerged in December are now being addressed.
“The agreement is under negotiation, some issues still remain. For us, the most important thing is the lack of control on the internal border for the third-country nationals.
In 1996, the President of Belarus and the then Prime Minister of Russia Viktor Chernomyrdin sawed through this barrier, removed the border between our states.
Since then, there have been no problems until the last moment, when there were certain difficulties with crossing third-country nationals across our border,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei said.
The minister stressed that the parties are not discussing a single visa but a mutual recognition of visas. He also noted that there’s a possibility of having a single currency in the future.
However, at the moment, the issue of a visa that should be mutually beneficial for the citizens of both countries is a priority, the official noted.
Earlier, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said the states had almost completed the preparation of an agreement on mutual recognition of visas. Nonetheless, at the meeting of the Union Council of Ministers on 12-13 December in Brest, an agreement was not signed.
The Belarusian side reportedly didn’t manage to complete the internal procedures. During a press conference with Russian journalists on 14 December, Alexander Lukashenko confirmed the delay.
Later, an official agreement awaiting signature was published on the official Internet portal of legal information in Russia. It defines what roads foreigners can use to enter both countries by car and the reasons why they can be refused entry.