Official passport situation unblocked at Russia-EU talks - Russian Permanent Representative to the EU

The official passport situation has been unblocked with a review of the EU position. It is possible to continue consultations with the European Union in a constructive way, Russian Permanent Representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov told Interfax in Brussels on Thursday.

"Our explanatory work done in Moscow and, what is the most important, in capital cities of EU member states helped our EU partners realize that it was necessary to revise their illogical standpoint," Chizhov said.

"As far as we know, they have done that. But this is not the end of story because yesterday's discussion at the committee of EU permanent representatives was an intermediate step. The EU Council will make a final decision on the ministerial level," he said.

"Judging by yesterday's meeting, it will be possible to hold constructive consultations on the final wordings in Moscow on Monday with the participation of European Commission Home Affairs General Director Stefano Manservisi. Senior officers of the Russian Foreign Ministry consular department will do the work on our part," the diplomat said.

"The Lisbon Treaty enables the European Union to make decisions by the qualified majority. There is no need for unanimity," Chizhov said.

It is hard to speak about the position of all 27 EU countries but "there is a majority we have not had before," he said.

'The question is unblocked," Chizhov said, explaining the situation at the visa relaxation negotiations.

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