Chief of Russian Drug Control Service against introducing visas for Central Asia natives

Russian Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) Director Viktor Ivanov has criticized a proposal to introduce visa requirements for Central Asian countries.

"I am against imposing visa requirements on Central Asian countries. The introduction of visas would be a "cave norm". We want travel to be visa-free, but not uncontrolled. Today citizens of these countries can enter our territory without verifying their identity by internal passports and throw away their migration cards. The use of foreign passports will help establish when, where and how they cross the border," Ivanov said on Friday, answering a question from Interfax.

 The Russian authorities plan today that natives of Central Asian states should be required to produce their foreign passports as they enter Russia starting from 2014, he said.

"But it is possible to speed up this process, accompanying it by investment projects and projects to develop these countries' infrastructure. Furthermore, such programs will help improve employment rates. That is why I came up with an initiative to establish a state corporation for Central Asia's development. The president has supported this idea," Ivanov said.

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