The EU is not ruling out the possibility of signing an interim agreement with Russia on a visa-free travel regime, said European Commission President Romano Prodi in a press conference in Moscow yesterday. Television news program Vesti reported that Prody emphasized that 'it is a complicated question but the sooner we make it a goal the sooner we could conclude an interim agreement which would have its place in deciding the larger problem.'
He added that talks on the transition to a visa-free travel regime between the EU and Russia should begin later this year. The European Commission president emphasized that the transition to a visa-free regime in the long term would give 'practical confirmation of the devotion of both sides to the creation of a Europe without borders.' 'For this, we need time, and we need to strengthen mutual trust,' he said.
Prody added that in order to move in the direction of a Europe without borders it would be necessary to conclude talks this year on an agreement regarding the return of illegal immigrants.
In response to the unlawful December 1 arrest and detention of Chinese tech giant Huawei's chief financial officer Sabrina Meng Wanzhou by Canadian authorities in Vancouver at the behest of the Trump regime, facing possible unacceptable extradition to the US, Beijing warned its high-tech personnel last month against traveling to America unless it's essential.