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Russian Foreign Ministry requires to accord Ukraine-EU visa-free regime and new Ukrainian passports with Russia

Yevgeny Ivanov, the Director of the Consular Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, said that under the agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Ukraine on visa-free travels of 1997, Kyiv has to accord any innovations with the Russian side.
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The issue of a new type of identification introduced by Ukraine bothers Moscow, which is looking forward to the proposals from Kyiv to discuss this innovation, said Yevgeny Ivanov, the Director of the Consular Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to RIA Novosti.

At the beginning of 2016, Ukraine will receive a visa-free regime with the EU, but before that the government of the country needs to fulfill a number of Europe’s requirements. Thus, it is needed to improve passport control at the borders and introduce internal passports of the European standard in the form of biometric ID-cards. The issuance of new documents should start next year.

“It should be borne in mind that the list of documents with the help of which the citizens of Russia and Ukraine travel visa-free is compiled by the agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Ukraine of 1997. Any innovation in this regard should be agreed by the parties and approved by amending the agreement. So far, there has not been received any proposals for discussion on the part of Ukraine,” Ivanov complained.

It should be recalled that in February this year, the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent the samples of Ukrainian biometric passports to the diplomatic missions of the EU countries.