Belarus took into account the interests of Russia and in advance informed the Russian Federation on the introduction of a five-day visa-free entry into its territory to citizens of 80 countries, said the head of the main consular Department of the foreign Ministry of Belarus Igor Fisenko at a press conference in Minsk.
“The approval process itself is not. Naturally occurs informing each other. We have a minimum annual consular consultations. During the recent consultations we have identified the possibility of organizing a visa-free entry to the territory of the Republic of Belarus”, – said Fisenko.
Earlier, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov did not comment the question about the readiness of the Russian authorities on the example of Belarus to open a short-term entry into its territory to citizens of several countries, including the EU.
“Not ready to answer this question”, – said the representative of the Kremlin, commenting on the proposal to follow the example of the neighbouring state.
The decision of Minsk to open a short-term visa-free entry for citizens of some States, Putin stated that “the completely internal affair of Belarus”.
Earlier the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has signed the decree about the establishment of visa-free entry and exit of foreign citizens.
“The document stipulates visa-free entry to Belarus for a period not exceeding 5 days at the entrance through the checkpoint through the state border of the Minsk national airport for the nationals of 80 countries. The decree extends to 39 countries of Europe, including the entire European Union, as well as Brazil, Indonesia, USA, Japan and other States”, – noted in press service.