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YABLOKO's Olga Vlasova on the initiative of the Youth Public Chamber of Russia on elimination of visas between Russia and the EU

Press Release

October 12, 2011


Video: Russia Today, October 11, 2011

On Friday, October 7, young politicians from the EU countries and Russia gathered together in Moscow so that to discuss the possibility of introduction of a visa-free regime between Russia and the EU. The meeting was held within a broad discussion in Russia and Europe and adoption of a resolution by the European parliament calling the EU to simplify the visa procedures for citizens of the BRIC countries.

The first definite proposals were voiced by the young politicians from Russia and the EU last Friday. They sent their draft law to the European Parliament envisaging visa free entrance into the Schengen zone for Russian citizens onboard passenger planes with international passports and a two-way tickets.

Olga Vlasova, YABLOKO's representative in the Youth Public Chamber of Russia, said that elimination of the remnants of the iron curtain and the cold war policies should be Russia and EU common strategic short-term goal.

It should be noted that the idea of a visa free regime between Russia and the EU was developed by the YABLOKO party as early as in 1995. YABLOKOs MPs then insisted that elimination the visa barrier between Russia and Europe should be examined and solved by politicians rather than bureaucrats. Also, according to YABLOKO, elimination of visa barriers and free communication among the citizens of the EU and the Russian Federation would enable the Russian citizens to experience the achievements of Western democracies and see how democratic institutions function and build a true democracy in Russia.

However, it took several years for YABLOKO to make Russian officials adopt this idea. For many years YABLOKO has been the only party really working in this field and conducting negotiations with European parties, agencies and organisations.

In Europe YABLOKO was supported by liberal politicians from ELDR and ALDE who spoke in favour of elimination of visas.


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Press Release

October 12, 2011

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