Medvedev: Russia-EU full-fledged partnership possible if visas are cancelled

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Nov. 8, 2011, 12:55 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Interfax-Ukraine

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
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BERLIN - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said he hopes that Russia and Europe will fully cancel visa requirements, not just simplify them. "We hope that Germany and other European Union countries, with whom we are holding talks now that the roadmap has been confirmed, will move not just toward simplifying visa exchanges, but toward the full cancellation of visas because only in this case can one expect the emergence of indivisible Europe and a full-fledged partnership," Medvedev said at a joint press conference with his German counterpart Christian Wulff on Nov. 8.

"Finding a solution to this issue is of key importance," he said.

Russia and Germany are important trade and business partners, and simplifying visa rules will give extra impetus to the development of the two countries, Medvedev said.
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Anonymous Nov. 8, 2011, 2:16 p.m.    

WHAT? Only to have Russian criminals running all around the EU. Big dream.

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Anonymous Nov. 8, 2011, 2:26 p.m.    

The world is changing though I don't expect you have noticed. The decline of the West is the other side of the rise of the East. So let me let you in on an open secret. Whatever the current passing generation of EU politicians do. The next will certainly cancel visa requirements with the Russians. On the latest projections ,calculated on PPP, the Russian economy will overtake Germany's (by value) by 2016. And there are plenty of gangster states in the EU,Italy,Bulgaria etc.

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Anonymous Nov. 8, 2011, 4:35 p.m.    

News flash, Russia has no economy. They produce nothing other than energy exports and weapons and the energy exports will run out some day!

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Anonymous Nov. 9, 2011, 12:40 a.m.    

And neither does Greece. A full fledged Eu member.

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Anonymous Nov. 8, 2011, 4:51 p.m.    

Don't piss yourself, everything will be OK!

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Anonymous Nov. 8, 2011, 4:52 p.m.    

Russian criminals can do it already anyway, so don't be hysterical!

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Anonymous Nov. 21, 2011, 6:12 p.m.    

Ten years ago I would have welcomed a visa free world. That was before I learned first-hand the very deep cultural divide between the west and RussIA. in the west, public toilets do not sell scraps of toilet paper; MacDonalds does not keep ketchup and mayonnaise under lock and key; one can obtain home, auto, ahealth and life insurance with relative ease; there are self-check outs in supermarkets; one can pay bills by personal check; teachers, doctors, policeman and government clerks do not routinely get offered, accept or solicit bribes. The west is built on trust. Russians view such trust as a folly, an invitation to theft, which they call &quot;business.&quot; (It is not an accident that so many Russian in the U.S. are involvedfor in major insurance, medicare, computer and credit card frauds.) Westerners who go to Russia should be prepared to be robbed (although they often will not even know it). Russians who come to the West will come to rob us there.

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