MINSK, 18 January (BelTA) – Belarus has forwarded a refreshed draft agreement on the mutual recognition of visas to Russia, BelTA learned from Dmitry Mironchik, Head of the Information Office, Press Secretary of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on 18 January.
The official said: “After the government conference held by the head of state our experts had another look at the document and polished it taking into account the criteria that had been set. Foreign citizens should not have problems with crossing the Belarusian-Russian border while naturally security interests of Belarus and Russia must be observed. As far as I know, a meeting took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow. During the meeting we handed over the refreshed draft agreement to our Russian colleagues and suggested holding a regular meeting of experts in Minsk in the near future.”
Earlier BelTA quoted Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei as saying that clear criteria the agreement has to rely on had been worked out during the government conference held by the head of state. Vladimir Makei said back then: “The proposals we've received from Russian partners will be analyzed, polished and we will send back, we believe, a solid document, which will act as the foundation for consequent work on easing visa regulations as a whole.”More about Politics