The next round of negotiations between Russian and Belarusian governments about the introduction of the mutual visa is planned to take place in March.
“Another round of talks took place recently, we agreed to continue consultations in March,” said Alexei Begun, Head of the Citizenship and Migration Department at the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, TASS informs.
This visa will be valid for entering both countries, without additional check-ups and hold-ups at the border.
Russian Ambassador to Belarus, Alexander Surikov, said that Russia and Belarus may sign the new agreement in April or May. Representatives of both countries explained earlier that this document should be introduced in the first quarter of 2018 since the FIFA World Cup is going to be held in Russia during June and July.
Belarus’ Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei confirmed Belarus’ plans to sign the agreement with Russia. “[…] today we are maintaining an active dialogue with the Russian colleagues on a draft agreement on mutual recognition of visas and other issues linked with the entry of foreign citizens to the countries of the Union State. The agreement, among other things, envisages the settlement of issues of crossing the Belarusian-Russian border by citizens of third countries. We plan to sign this bilateral intergovernmental document in the immediate future,” Makey said in an interview with the Izvestia.
The goal of this agreement is partly to resolve the issues caused by the 5-day visa-free stay program launched in Belarus last year.