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6 Apr 2017

Belarus, Russia to advance cooperation in migration affairs

GRODNO, 6 April (BelTA) – Belarus and Russia will advance cooperation and coordinate changes in migration affairs, BelTA learned from Russian First Deputy Interior Minister Alexander Gorovoi during the session of the interstate interagency working group in charge of working out recommendations on implementing a coordinated migration policy in the Union State of Belarus and Russia on 6 April.

Alexander Gorovoi noted: “All the agencies of the Union State of Belarus and Russia have to coordinate their operation as part of the daily routine. Coordinating amendments to the migration legislation of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus has been put on today’s agenda, including the changes brought about by the adoption of visa-free travel regulations in Belarus.”

According to the source, another sensitive issue was on the agenda as well. Drivers with foreign driver licenses will be forbidden to drive vehicles in the course of business operations in Russia as from 1 June 2017. “It is possible that Belarusian drivers will be able to continue working in Russia without having to exchange national driver licenses for Russian ones,” noted the official.

“We also look forward to the 2018 world football championship. We have worked out the relevant domestic regulations starting with ticket acquisition and ending with entering the stadium. But we need to clearly understand migration flows from neighboring countries,” said Alexander Gorovoi. This is why interaction between law enforcement agencies during major international sport events — the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 world football championship — is on the agenda.

During the meeting on 6 April the Belarusian delegation included representatives of the Interior Ministry, the State Border Committee of Belarus, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the State Security Committee (KGB). Russia was represented by experts from the Interior Ministry, the Justice Ministry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Federal Security Service (FSB).

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