Medvedev renews call for visa-free EU, Russia travel

21st July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev renewed Wednesday his call for the removal of visa requirements between the European Union and Russia.

"There is no alternative to a visa-free system between Russia and the EU," Medvedev said at a press conference with Finnish President Tarja Halonen during an official visit to the country.

"We are counting on the help of our neighbours, on Finland's help, to convince partners (within the EU) who are still hesitating" about eliminating visas with Russia, Medvedev said.

He said if there were problems about such a system, "they did not come from Russia."

Halonen said Finland was ready to help its neighbour in pushing the issue.

"We are already doing our best," she said, adding though it was "not a simple thing."

"Russia has to forge an agreement with the EU," she said.

Medvedev arrived in Finland Tuesday for a two-day working visit spent at Halonen's summer residence in the Baltic Sea coastal town of Naantali, about 150 kilometres (90 miles) west of Helsinki.

He met newly appointed Finnish Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi earlier Wednesday and was to visit an archipelago research centre in the Baltic Sea later in the day.

© 2010 AFP

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