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05 June 2017, 16:10

Belarus, Russia preparing intergovernmental agreement on mutual recognition of visas

MOSCOW, 5 June (BelTA) – Belarus and Russia are preparing an intergovernmental agreement on mutual recognition of visas, Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov told the media after the joint session of the Belarusian and Russian foreign ministries in Moscow on 5 June, BelTA has learned.

The Russian diplomat noted that the agreement will allow for coordinating the activities of the two countries relating to the entry of foreign nationals and stateless people to the Belarus-Russia Union State.

Sergei Lavrov also said that the plan of action for the establishment of the common migration space of Belarus and Russia has already been prepared and is pending approval by the Union State Council of Ministers.

As for the recent decisions of the Russian side on the issues regarding the Belarusian-Russian border, Sergei Lavrov emphasized that the border will remain open for the citizens of Belarus and Russia, and they will not experience any difficulties when crossing it.

For his part, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei stressed that the most important thing is that the sides should ensure that citizens of Belarus and Russia enjoy equal rights. “There is no need to dramatize it,” Vladimir Makei said as he commented on the media reports about the decision of the Russian authorities to strengthen control on the Belarusian-Russian border.

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