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Simplified visa regime between Russia and EU Posted on: 02-03-2016

Moscow, January 20 (Interfax) - The current visa regime between Russia and the European Union could be eased within the next six months, head of the European Commission's Delegation to Moscow Fernando Valenzuela said.

"In my opinion, there are opportunities to improve the visa issuing system during Spain's EU presidency Valenzuela said at a news conference at the Interfax central office in Moscow on Jan. 20.


The possible introduction of visa-free travel between Russia and the EU is "another prospect in the future," the European diplomat said.


Efforts aimed at easing visa rules and abolishing visas altogether should be mutual, he said.


"Sometimes, Europeans have difficulty getting a visa to come here, to Russia," he added.


The introduction of visa-free travel entails certain technical issues, "most of which can be resolved if there is political will," Valenzuela said.


Spanish Ambassador to Russian Juan Antonio March Pujol said at the same news conference that he also favored measures to relax visa rules in the future.


"We see no difficulties that can stop us from achieving this goal," Pujol said.


The first step in this area could allow citizens of EU member-states and Russia to receive multi-entry visas valid for longer periods of time, the Spanish diplomat said.


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