US, Russia to sign visa agreement very soon – Lavrov.

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WASHINGTON DC, July 12 (Itar-Tass) —— The United States and Russia will sign a visa agreement very soon, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told U.S. political experts at the Russian embassy in Washington DC on Tuesday.

“The document is ready, and we will sign it very soon,” he said, noting that the visa negotiations intensified after a meeting of Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama on the sidelines of the Deauville summit.

He also said that U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden described the solution of the visa problem as a very good idea while visiting Moscow. “I do not think that Biden was joking,” Lavrov said.

It is the question of multi-entry three-year visas for tourists and businessmen and one-year visas for officials, Lavrov said.

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