78% of Russians supported the visa regime with Belarus

78% of Russians supported the visa regime with Belarus

78% of Russians support the return of the visa regime with Belarus after the abolition of country visas to the nationals of 80 countries, 56% against allowances for oil and gas allied States, even in exchange for support from their side, showed the poll.

“Taking into account information about the debt of the Belarusian side to Gazprom (at the beginning of January — about $340 million), the share of opponents of energy supplies at reduced prices increases to 69%,” — said in the message.

Note that the answer to the question about the reaction on the Belarus visa regime which was agreed to by 78% of respondents, was: “Need to cancel the visa-free regime with Belarus. Russia should not allow its territory unknown people who have not received put the Russian visa.”

“Friendship is friendship, snuff apart” — a popular proverb best captures the essence of the position taken by the majority of Russians in relation to the immediate neighbours and partnerschappen Lowresolution research Department VCIOM

He noticed that rigor to the partners are the representatives of the older generation, I found “the friendship of peoples”, while young people are more loyal.

The Russians, however, continue to perceive Belarus as a friendly state (40%), trade and economic partner (35%). The share of negative estimates is small: a competitor (4%), opponent (3%).

A nationwide survey conducted on 8-9 February 2017 by telephone interviews on a sample of 1,200 respondents. The maximum size of the error with 95% probability does not exceed 3.5%.

In January, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko signed a decree on the introduction of “visa-free order of entrance and departure of foreign citizens” of 80 countries for five days.

Entry without a visa is only possible through the checkpoint at the National airport Minsk.

The decree extends to 39 countries of Europe, including all EU countries, and also Brazil, Indonesia, USA, Japan and other States. In February, the EU lifted sanctions against Lukashenko and some Belarusian officials.

Moscow has expressed concern that tourists from third countries can freely enter from Belarus to Russia, and the FSB has established a border zone on the border with Belarus in Smolensk, Pskov and Bryansk regions. The Kremlin is not considering the introduction of visa regime with Belarus, said the press Secretary of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin Dmitry Peskov.