MOSCOW, April 18 (Itar-Tass) – Moscow does not consider it admissible to sign visa-free travel agreements with individual countries of the European Union, since members of the European community have delegated these competences to the European Commission, Russia’s permanent representative at the European Union Vladimir Chizhov told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
“No, even if some countries might want it,” he said when asked about prospects of visa abolition in Europe. “Since the beginning of negotiations, European Union member countries have delegated these competences to the European Commission,” he explained. “That means that it is up to the European Commission to decide about who could be allowed to do so and who could be not. The thing is that to begin talks [on visa abolition] a real consensus among the European Union member states is needed.”
“They have delegated this issue to the European Commission and are now waiting for the result,” he added.