Vladimir Putinto: Grigory Sysoev / RIA Novosti
Moscow finds it strange that Japan does not issue visas to residents of Crimea, said Russian President Vladimir Putin in the East economic forum in Vladivostok. It is reported by TASS on Thursday, September 5.
The Russian leader stressed that at the moment everything is done to the citizens of Japan could visit the Kuril Islands even without a visa. According to him, the Japanese should not feel victims of the geopolitical events of the past.
“For us it is very strange that Japan does not issue visas to residents of Crimea”, — said Putin.
Earlier Thursday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, speaking at the plenary session of the forum, said that Tokyo will facilitate obtaining visas for certain groups of Russian citizens — professionals involved in the development of bilateral economic cooperation, and students.
In late may, Moscow offered Tokyo to move to a visa-free regime. Earlier, the Russian leader had taken the initiative of establishing a regime of free movement among all the inhabitants of the Sakhalin region and the residents of Hokkaido Prefecture.
In February of 2019, it was reported that the Japanese government is studying the question of the effective abolition of visas for Russian citizens. Tokyo does not recognize the legitimacy of joining the Peninsula to Russia.
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