Building Bridges: EU-Russia Visa Liberalisation and Visa Facilitation Dialogue

Recent years have shown that many factors have influenced and will continue to influence human mobility between the EU and Russia. Among them are a decline in the real incomes of Russians, devaluation of the Russian rouble, and the Russian government’s isolationist and anti-Western policies. All these factors distance Russians and Europeans from each other, deepening divisions, entrenching separations, and limiting opportunities for dialogue. However, there is no alternative to openness, transparency, and free travel as the best strategy to bring Europeans and Russians – who are no doubt Europeans, too – closer together. Building Bridges EU-Russia Visa Liberali

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