Russian representatives handed in to Cyprus their proposals regarding possible privileges after entry visas are introduced from January 1, 2004.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry's Information Department, Russia-Cyprus consultations on the issue of Cyprus' coming entry into the EU were held in Nicosia on September 1.
"Measures to maximise alleviation of visa procedures were discussed in detail in connection with cancellation of mutual travel visa-free regime, planned on EU demand for January 1, 2004," the Russian Foreign Ministry noted. These measures will include the opening of Cyprus' Consulate General in St. Petersburg and renting some extra space for Cyprus' Embassy in Moscow. The Ministry recalled that the Republic of Cyprus remains the last one out of 10 countries joining the EU that still has a visa-free regime.
An explosion of household gas occurred in a nine-storeyed apartment building in the city of Shakhty, the Rostov region of Russia. The blast destroyed two storeys of the building