Visa-free travel between Russia and the EU? Yes, but not yet

Removing visas for Russians at this point would undermine the EU’s Eastern Partnership and the rule of law.

The political momentum behind visa-free travel between Russia and the European Union is growing. It is supported by the big European countries and the European Parliament, and has the enthusiastic support of the Russian leadership. Speaking in Krasnoyarsk recently, Vladimir Putin, Russia’s prime minister, said that the majority of EU countries back the idea: those that oppose it did so for “political” reasons.

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