Wednesday, 03 September 2014 09:22

Mongolia and Russia cancel visa regime and to increase economic cooperation

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Putin visit Mongolia in 2014Russia and Mongolia signed an agreement on visa-free travels on September 3, 2014 during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The visa-free regime between the two countries existed until 1994 when it was suspended by Mongolia. The new agreement that was signed in the presence of Russian and Mongolian leaders, Vladimir Putin and Tsakhia Elbegdorj, will boost "the development of mutually beneficial business, cultural and tourist contacts," said Yuri Ushakov, an aide to the Russian president.

Under the agreement, the nationals of both countries can enjoy a visa-free stay in Russia or Mongolia for 30 days in a row. The total period of stay should not exceed two months within 180 days.

The agreement will be effective from 2015.

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived on Wednesday with an official visit in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator, where he was greeted with a solemn ceremony on the central square and met on the Sukhbaatar Square by the guards of honor dressed in bright red and blue uniforms.

Commenting earlier on Putin’s visit to Mongolia and the Russian-Mongolian bilateral relations, Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov told journalists that Moscow had been recently unhappy about the level of economic cooperation between Russia and Mongolia and the situation needed changes.

Totally, 15 documents were signed during the official visit of Putin and the Russian delegation to Mongolia.