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MOSCOW, November 16 (Itar-Tass) — Prime Minister Vladimir Putin urged German businessmen to convince their authorities towards visa-free arrangements with Russia.
“I’m specially raising this question. I want to address this audience because I know that many German businessmen share my point of view and call on the government and the parliament to quicker move towards visa-free travel,” Putin said at the meeting with members of the Eastern German Economy Committee o Wednesday.
“I call on you to jointly prompt to the resolution of this political issue in order to bring closer our economies, our countries and nations,” the Russian prime minister stressed.
Putin said, “Today visas have seriously complicated business relationship between Russia and Europe, especially for small and medium-size business.” In his words, “there were incidents when formal mistakes in visa application forms had wrecked the signing of key contracts.”
At the same time, Putin recalled that participants in the dialogue initiated by the Consultative Council on Investment had taken decisions to improve the business climate in Russia and ease labour migration. “Such contacts allowed us to ease the procedure of issuing visas for qualified foreign personnel. Over 11,000 qualified specialists will be able to get job in Russia under new rules,” the prime minister said.
“It is necessary to remove various barriers, which hamper business relationship. This is fully related to visa barriers between Russia and the EU,” Putin noted.
For his turn, the Committee’s board chairman said all members upheld any steps towards visa-free arrangements.