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.
The massive explosion at the port of Beirut occurred due to the detonation of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, which was seized in 2014 from the ship Rhosus