14 Dec 2018 11:40

Lukashenko does not foresee problems with signing visa recognition agreement with Russia

MINSK. Dec 14 (Interfax) - Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has expressed confidence in the soonest signing of the Belarusian-Russian agreement on the mutual recognition of visas.

"I do not foresee any problems with the Union 'Schengen'," Lukashenko told Russian media outlets in Minsk on Friday.

He explained the delay with continuing domestic procedures in Belarus.

"Most importantly, I have not seen it. It was submitted to me last night," Lukashenko said.

"I do not think that the signing of this agreement will constitute a problem, especially as the Foreign Ministry has told me that all wishes of Belarus and Russia have been taken into account," he said.

The agreement was not signed at the Thursday meeting of the Russia-Belarus Union State's Council of Ministers on Thursday despite the existence of such plans.

Belarusian Prime Minister Sergei Rumas said Belarus had yet to finalize domestic procedures.