Russian Foreign Ministry not ruling out visa-free regime with Georgia

Russian Foreign Ministry not ruling out visa-free regime with Georgia

Moscow is committed to simplification of the visa regime with Georgia and considers visa-free travel a possible option in the long run, the Russian Foreign Ministry said following Tuesday's meeting of Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin and the special representative of the prime minister of Georgia for relations with Russia, Zurab Abashidze, in Prague.

"The sides stated the number of humanitarian exchanges and contacts between people has intensified. Owing to simplification of the visa regime for Georgian nationals introduced in late 2015, the number of issued visas has doubled and reached 40,000. Karasin confirmed [Russia's] commitment to further simplification of visa regime, not ruling out its cancellation in the long run," Sputnik cited the statement as saying.

The two sides also discussed the bilateral agreement on trade monitoring signed in 2011. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that it was not worth delaying its practical implementation,

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