Moscow has so far ruled out the introduction of visas for Ukrainians
Ukrainian citizens still do not need to obtain a visa to enter Russia, said Ivan Volynkin, director of the consular department of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Kyiv introduced a visa regime with Russia from July 1 has so far ruled out the introduction of visas for Ukrainians” />
Russia has not yet introduced visas for Ukrainians in response to restrictions on entry into the neighboring country of its citizens, Ivan Volynkin, director of the consular department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, said in an interview with TASS.
Kyiv introduced a visa regime for Russians from July 1.
The visa-free regime between Russia and Ukraine has been in effect since 1997. Russians could stay in a neighboring country without a visa for a maximum of 90 days within 180 days from the date of their first entry into its territory. To enter, it was enough to present a passport, the validity of which expired after the end of the trip.
“The Russian side did not make a similar decision, and Ukrainian citizens still do not need to apply for a visa to enter our country”,— said Volynkin.
According to him, the Russian side will analyze the situation “from the point of view of its possible impact on the already tightened rules for the entry of Russians to Ukraine in recent years.”
At the end of June, Aleksey Polishchuk, director of the second department of the CIS countries of the Russian Foreign Ministry, reported that Moscow, when deciding on a response to Kyiv's actions, would proceed from national interests. According to the diplomat, since 2014, the Kyiv authorities have “systematically tightened the conditions for the entry of Russians.” So, in 2014, entry to Ukraine was limited for men with a residence permit in the Crimea, the following year, Russians were allowed to pass only with a passport, and since 2018— require fingerprints, travel voucher, invitation, return ticket, proof of money. Despite this, Moscow “always complied with agreements on visa-free and cross-border travel and continues to do so,” Polishchuk assured.
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Russians can apply at visa centers in eight Russian cities (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don and Samara) or third countries.
On July 12, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reported that ten applications for visas had been received since the beginning of the month.
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