The Russian foreign Ministry does not rule out the abolition of visas for Georgia residents

TASS, October 31. Russia does not rule out the possibility in the future introduction of a visa-free regime with Georgia on a reciprocal basis. About it the newspaper “Izvestia” said the state Secretary, Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Grigory Karasin.

“Do not rule out the possibility of introducing in the long term a visa-free regime on a mutual basis. Another thing is that to move to this it is difficult. Prevents especially the lack of diplomatic relations, which is known to have been terminated on the initiative of Tbilisi,” he said, adding that the decision needs to take into account the growth of cross-border threats, including terrorism and illegal migration.

Karasin said that the Russian side gave Georgia a concrete proposal on the introduction of a visa-free regime for members of aviacija.

“We note with satisfaction that in 2016 the number of visas issued by our interests section in Tbilisi, almost doubled, reaching 40 thousand And in the current year this figure, apparently, will be even higher”, – the diplomat added.

Special envoy of the Prime Minister of Georgia for relations with Russia Zurab Abashidze confirmed the “news” that visa issues are on the agenda of the talks with Karasin in mid-November in Prague. “There are some technical aspects that are difficult. The appropriate aviation agencies will submit proposals on this issue. And then I will have more detailed information,” he said.

Visa regime between Georgia and Russia was introduced in 2000. In March 2012, Georgia unilaterally abolished the visa regime for Russians. The Russian side at the end of 2015 has taken a number of measures for liberalization of the visa regime for Georgian citizens: now they can apply for business, work, study and humanitarian visas, including granting the right of repeated entrance and private visas, regardless of the existence of a relationship between the inviter and invitee.