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  The Kaliningrad region might in the nearest future be granted visa-free regime for Poland

2011 03 10

The Kaliningrad region might soon be granted visa-free regime for Poland. Russia is hoping to conclude shortly an agreement with Poland concerning the visa-free border crossing. It will apply for the entire territory of the Kaliningrad region. This was stated by Sergej Lavrov, the head of the MFA at the meeting with Nikolaj Cukanov, the Governor of the region, reported the “Russian News Service”.

According to the words of Lavrov, the European Commission has approved the visa-free regime for the entire Kaliningrad region on travelling to Poland. However, the issue which part of the Polish territory will be covered by such visa-free regime is not yet resolved. The European Commission suggests a strip of 30 km, including the possibility of expanding it up to 50 km. Lavrov noted it is less than desired.

At the same time the head of the MFA of the Russian Federation noted, that “unfortunately, our Lithuanian colleagues are not so active in this field”. Lavrov complained that Vilnius is insufficiently actively participating in the work leading to the arrangements with the EU on extending the visa-free regime for the entire territory of the Kaliningrad region, reported “Interfax”.

Simultaneously, Lavrov reminded that the Russian side has already succeeded in receiving the Polish and Lithuanian consent on extending the visa-free regime for the entire territory of the Kaliningrad region.

The head of the MFA of the Russian Federation has also reminded that in the nearest future the Russian-Polish agreement on navigation in the VislenskijGulf of the Kaliningrad region will be enforced. “We have agreed with the Polish side on the reopening of navigation in the gulf, and have also agreed that the sailing of vessels of third countries will be subject to the Russian Law”, - he said.

Material has been prepared by the Centre of Geopolitical Studies with reference to the article from « NEWSru» of 07 03 2011

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