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YABLOKOs leader supports the head of Russias Foreign Affairs Ministry

Press Release
February 24, 2010

 

YABLOKOs leader Sergei Mitrokhin welcomes todays statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on introduction of a visa-free regime between Russia and EU.

We hope that consultations conducted by experts will reach a solution in the nearest perspective and we shall be able to speak about definite time [for implementation of the visa-free regime] then. Russia is ready to transfer to a visa-free regime with Russia already tomorrow, Sergei Lavrov, Russias Foreign Minister, told the journalists after his negotiations with Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the European Union.

In early February YABLOKOs leader Sergei Mitrokhin called the European Union and Russia to activate their efforts for introduction of a visa-free regime between Russia and the EU at the meeting of the PACE Group Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).

The European Union should initiate such projects which would involve Russias society and the Russian elite into the circle of European values and approaches. Implementation of such a strategy may start from introduction of a visa-free regime, Sergei Mitrokhin said at the ALDE meeting.

According to Mitrokhin, in 2003 YABLOKO discussed the possibility of introduction of a visa-free regime with then Russias Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov.

See also:

On Eliminaiton of Visa Barriers Between Russia and EU. Statement of YABLOKO's Chairman. February 1, 2010

European liberals welcome Russia to the European Union. Press Release, February 3, 2010

Russia-EU Relations

 

 

Press Release
February 24, 2010