Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Belarusian counterpart Uladzimir Makey have signed in Minsk an agreement on mutual recognition of visas and other issues related to the entry of foreign nationals into the territory of the two countries, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry said on its website.
“Following the results of negotiations, an Agreement was signed between the Government of the Republic of Belarus and the Government of the Russian Federation on the mutual recognition of visas and on other issues related to the entry of foreign citizens and stateless persons on the territory of the states, parties to the Treaty establishing the Union State,” the Belarussian Foreign Ministry said in a press release on June 19.
“The document provides for mutual recognition of national visas and other permits for stay. Thus, foreign citizens get additional opportunities to visit Belarus and Russia on the national visa of one of them. They will be able to enter, leave, stay and transit through the territory of the two states by air, rail and road transport on the roads, defined in the agreement,” the Belarussian Foreign Ministry added.
According to TASS, Lavrov said in April he hoped the two countries would sign this agreement in the near future and noted that Moscow was waiting for a relevant signal from the Belarusian side.
Moscow and Minsk were originally expected to sign the intergovernmental agreement on mutual visa recognition in December 2018, at a meeting of the Union State Council of Ministers in Brest. But the document was not signed because the Belarusian side said it needed time to complete certain domestic procedures before the signing.