Secretary of State Clinton and Russia Foreign Minister Lavrov exchanged the final negotiated text of our bilateral visa agreement, which will significantly liberalize travel between two countries for purposes of tourism, business, or visiting families.
“My congratulations to the teams of negotiators from the U.S. and Russian sides who have logged so many hours to get to this point.”, said U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation John Byerly on the official web-site. ” The agreement provides for three-year multiple entry visas to be the standard “default” terms for issuance by both sides. It’s another indication that the “reset” in relations between our two countries is about practical improvements for ordinary people. What could be better than making it easier and cheaper for a grandmother in Kirov to visit her grandson in California – or giving an American businessman from Nebraska the chance to make more frequent visits to Russia to explore opportunities to export his products? This is the foundation of normal relations between our two countries. We look forward to speedy ratification of the agreement by the State Duma”.
(This is a product of the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State.)