Konovalov: Russia does not need a visa-free regime with the EU as a favor
Russia does not need a visa-free regime with the EU as " a gift from the master's shoulder, only interesting dialogues mutually interested partners, says Minister of justice Alexander Konovalov.
The Russian Federation and the European Union for nearly 10 years, discuss simplification of the visa mode: reviews of some experts, this would make wider trade-economic and humanitarian ties, others point to the risk that movements in the European Union migrants from the Russian Federation. The European Union currently already has serious problems with illegal migrants from Africa and other regions.
" If it is viewed as a gift to Russia with his master's shoulder, then of course it is not necessary, because it is unnatural and non-organic solution that sooner or later it will burst, " said Konovalov Last news on the sidelines of the IV St. Petersburg international legal forum.
The Minister noted that Russian citizens have expressed interest in traveling to the European Union in a visa-free regime is no more than EU citizens in the Russian Federation.
against the background of differing positions of the West and Russia on the situation in Ukraine, the European Council announced about temporary suspension of the negotiations with Russia on simplification of the visa regime." To be honest, in the six years I have not seen any noticeable desire our European colleagues to do it really seriously and effectively, " said Konovalov.
He also emphasized that as soon as will appear signs of readiness European colleagues to constructive work in this direction, it will be continued.