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Visa Recognition Agreement Between Belarus And Russia May Be Signed This Year

The issue of mutual visa recognition between Belarus and Russia may be settled by the end of 2017.

It will very much ease things for third-country nationals who cross the Belarusian-Russian border.

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The details of the upcoming agreement were revealed to TUT.BY by the Secretary of State of the Union State Grigory Rapota.

“The issue may be solved by the end of this year. It will save third-country nationals who cross the Belarusian-Russian border from many problems,” the official told journalists.

He also confirmed that the relevant document is being prepared at the moment.

The same idea and terms were voiced by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in June. He announced that Moscow and Minsk had drawn up a plan on setting up a common migration space and were preparing an intergovernmental agreement on mutual visa recognition.

Besides, several weeks ago Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko urged this agreement to be completed as soon as possible in the view of the European Games coming to Minsk in 2019.

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In January Belarus announced the introduction of 5-day visa-free entry for citizens of 80 states. Following it, Russia announced the creation of the border control zone with Belarus.

Starting 15 May all Belarusian flights were diverted to the internationl terminals at Russian airports, passengers were subject to document checks.

Belavia stated that the decision of the Russian side could affect the transit through Minsk. However, Minsk did not take any response measures.

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