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Sergey Lavrov: Russia is prepared for visa-free regime with Japan

<p>Russia is prepared to enter into the agreement on visa-free regime with Japan, according to RIA Novosti with reference to Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov. “Our aim is to broaden the number of countries with whom we already have such agreements. If my memory serves me well, we have visa-free relations with the whole Latin America but one country. A big number of countries in Asia, South Korea, with the Japanese we are prepared to sign a similar agreement. We have a very favorable regime with the PRC” – said the Minister at the “Government Hour” in the Council of the Federation on Friday. At the same time, the Minister noted that Russia is not the country to disclose unilaterally, “without reciprocity”. “Already now the Japanese citizens can visit Vladivostok with simplified visa arrangements. 1338 citizens of the country have entered Primorye Territory using the electronic visa”. The Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East prepared and submitted to the Russian Government the draft law on electronic visa entrance through all international airports of the Russian Far East for foreign citizens. Thanks to this mechanism the Russian Far East will be opened for citizens of Japan” – said Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East Alexander Galushka. Several projects with the involvement of the Japanese investors are already underway in advanced special economic zones. In ASEZ “Nadezhdinskaya” MAZDA SOLLERS Manufacturing Rus is launching engines production. ASEZ “Khabarovsk” resident JGC Evergreen is building all-year greenhouses. “But the volume of cooperation with the Japanese business might be bigger, and the projects might be more landmarking. Nowadays the share of the Japanese investments in the total amount of investments raised is two percent only, which does not correspond to the cooperation potential that might be observed between Russia and Japan in the Russian Far East” – says Alexander Galushka. Author: Evgeniya Vasilieva +7 (985) 269-77-02</p>