Russia has asked the European Union to explain some issues relating to the EU Visa Information System (VIS), which will be put in place on September 14, 2015, the Russian Foreign Ministry has reported.
"No doubt, certain problems associated with the functioning of the new system are inevitable and the Russian Foreign Ministry has already raised some issues with the EU mission to Russia," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a report posted on its website.
Among the issues raised with the EU is the prospect of the creation of visa centers in remote regions of the Russian Federation, the introduction of waiting lists for visits to visa centers for the purpose of fingerprinting, the issue of the need for repeat fingerprinting for new visa applications, and other issues.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said that deputy heads of the EU mission to Russia have already been invited to the diplomatic agency to discuss this and other issues. "Other meetings are also planned," the ministry said.
The Foreign Ministry said that Russia also launched a pilot project to collect personal biometric data in the process of issuing visas for Russia in December 2014.
The report says experimental operation is expected to be completed before the end of 2015.
"A decision on the dates for introducing this technology in the practice of the work of Russian diplomatic missions and consular establishments in other countries will be made with regard for the received results," the Foreign Ministry said.
The pilot project is currently implemented in diplomatic missions and consular establishments of the UK, Denmark, Myanmar and Namibia, and also the Russian Foreign Ministry representation at Vnukovo airport.
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