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.
In June, the Baltic States will hold BALTOPS and Saber Strike 2018 drills. A US Armored Brigade will be deployed in Europe for the purpose - no less than 4,000 soldiers
The import of liquefied natural gas from the United States will not grow, even if Germany exits the Nord Stream-2 project, German Minister of Economy and Energy Peter Altmeier said