Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov
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MOSCOW, February 16. /TASS/. The Kremlin is not considering the introduction of a visa regime for crossing the border with Belarus.
“No, this topic is not considered”, – said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the publication of polls, in which 78% of Russians support the introduction of a visa regime with Belarus.
One of the issues published opinion poll concerned the border regime between Russia and Belarus and Minsk abolition of visas for citizens of 80 countries that actually allows them to freely enter the territory of the Russian Federation. In these conditions, consider more than three quarters of our fellow citizens (78%), Russia should introduce a visa regime with the state-neighbor to not let in the territory of the “unknown people who have not received put the Russian visa.”
Only 16% of respondents, choosing from three possible response options (save, cancel visa-free regime and found it difficult to answer), called for the preservation of the border between Russia and Belarus only as a formality.
In General, most of our compatriots belong to Belarus positive: 40 percent see it as a friendly state, 35% as trading and economic partner, and 9% described as a strategic partner. Only 4% consider Belarus a competitor 3% – opponent.