1. Citizens of the Russian Federation or member states holding valid diplomatic passports may enter, leave and transit visa-free on the territory of the Member States or the Russian Federation. Diplomatic passport holders are exempt from the visa requirement for short-term stays. The abolition of visas would also underscore its own arbitrary and paranoid Kremlin policy. It will be interesting to see what happens when Western critics of the Kremlin, unable to obtain Russian visas for years, show up at the border. Are they denied entry? 2. The contracting parties charge a fee of EUR 70 for the processing of visas if the visa applicant and the supporting documents have been filed by the visa applicant within three days of his scheduled departure date. This does not apply to cases in Article 6, paragraphs 3, b), (e) and (f), and Article 7, paragraph 3. Entry to the port of St. Petersburg with the regular ferry can only take place from the ports of Tallinn (Estonia) or Helsinki (Finland). It is also possible to travel without a visa for 72 hours from the port of Stockholm with the stop in Helsinki.   Subject to national national security rules and rules of the Russian Federation and Member States, and subject to UNION rules on visas with limited territorial validity, citizens of the Russian Federation and the European Union are allowed to travel on the territory of the Member States and the Russian Federation on an equal footing with citizens of the European Union and Russia.
At the press conference that followed, the Russian President at the time, Dmitry Medvedev, made a clear statement underlining Russia`s willingness and willingness to abolish the visa regime between the EU and Russia and said: “Our country is ready to tackle this problem (the abolition of visas). We are ready to cooperate. Of course, it`s easy for us. We are a country. There are 27 countries in the EU.Â Russia`s visa policy addresses the requirements that a foreigner wishing to enter the Russian Federation must meet in order to obtain a visa authorizing entry, entry and stay in the country. Visa exemptions are based on bilateral or multilateral agreements. Russia has agreements with a large number of countries whose citizens are visa-exempt or can apply for an online visa (e-visa). Citizens of countries that do not have such an agreement with Russia must obtain a visa in advance from a Russian diplomatic representation or visa centre. Some thought it was a good place to start. In reality, it turned out to be the end of a good start. A decade has passed and many have changed since then, while others are frozen in time.
Russia is no longer a strategic partner of the EU and the issue of visa liberalisation between the EU and Russia has moved away from the bilateral political agenda. The third phase, a phase of divergence, began in 2017 and continues to this day. Since 2017, the Russian Federation has unilaterally adopted a policy of liberalising the visa regime through the issuance of electronic visas, while the EU and EU Member States have maintained the status quo on EU-Russia visa policy. The provisions of the EU Regulation 2019/1155, updated in February 2020, which proposed higher visa fees and longer processing times, do not apply to Russian citizens. 2. By derogation from paragraph 1 of this article, this agreement does not enter into force until the date of the readmission agreement between the Russian Federation and the European Community, when that date is closest to that set out in paragraph 1 of this article. In this climate of uncertainty and restrictions, Russia is now at the forefront of visa liberalisation policy.