The Russian Federal Migration Service has expressed optimism about the possibility of signing executive protocols to readmission agreements with European Union member countries before the end of the year.
"We will do our best to make it happen. But one needs to understand that it is a bilateral process," Federal Migration Service Director Konstantin Romodanovsky told Interfax on Tuesday.
Readmission agreements are among the requirements for the possible cancellation of visa rules between Russia and the EU. These documents facilitate the readmission to their own country of Russian citizens residing in an EU member state without authorization, as well as the readmission of foreign citizens who entered an EU member state through Russian territory and reside in the EU without authorization.
Twenty-one of the 24 executive protocols to readmission agreements have already been signed, Romodanovsky said.
"Switching to visa-free travel is realistic," he told Interfax earlier.
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