Lavrov: Russians will soon be able to travel to Latin America without a visa

MOSCOW, January 15. /TASS/. Russia can in the next two years to establish a visa-free regime with almost all countries of Latin America. This was stated on Monday the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov on a press-conference on results of activities of Russian diplomacy in 2017.

“We have, in fact, with the exception of four or five countries in Central America and the Caribbean, with all the visa-free regime, the Minister said. And I am sure that in the next year or two, we all of the area of the CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) will be able to turn into a visa for the Russian Federation”.

“We have quite serious potential, which is implemented in practice: we have regular meetings at the highest level, – noticed Lavrov, giving an estimate of the total cooperation of Russia with Latin America. – Soon we will see the President of Argentina.” “Of course waiting for the team in Latin America, which came in the final of the world Cup, and I am sure that the delegation that will accompany these teams will also help us develop contacts in the political, economic and cultural sphere”, – said the head of the Russian depodesta.

“We created a mechanism of dialogue and partnership with CELAC: CELAC Quartet visited Sochi a year and a half ago, we adopted there is a serious road map for the development of partnerships – continued the Minister. – Involved in contacts with other subregional organizations on the continent, including ALBU (Bolivarian Alliance for the peoples of America), including MERCOSUR (countries of the common market of the South), including the Andean Pact (regional socio-economic community of Latin America), Central American information system in which we requested the status of extra-regional observer.”

“But of course all without exception countries have already developed bilateral relations with someone more, someone less, but all dialogue is maintained, and our trade with Latin America if I’m not mistaken, has already exceeded $ 10 billion, and is primarily high-tech products, this military – technical agreement and agreements on outer space, including the ground support of GLONASS, nuclear power engineering, and more”, – said Lavrov.

“So all in all I believe that has been achieved, though of course, there is no limit to perfection, and we have long-term plans for each of these areas”, – concluded the Russian foreign Minister.