Germany to ease visa rules for Russians

Germany to ease visa rules for Russians

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that it would be easier in future for Russians to travel to Germany, after a meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, DPA reported.

"I hope we can present something on this next year," Merkel said in the northern German city of Hanover, where the meeting took place. "We are working hard on this."

Russia has long demanded a relaxation of the visa requirements to visit Germany, arguing that they are a barrier to business. Merkel said this was now possible, since the introduction of a database to keep track of potential criminals entering the country.

The visa issue was just one of many topics for the 13th German-Russian government consultations, attended by a delegation of ministers from both countries.

Other points of contention include a Russian ban on German vegetables following an E-coli outbreak earlier this year, and Berlin's demand for a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Syrian government oppression, which Moscow is resisting.

Ahead of the two-hour government talks, the leaders attended the closing session of the Petersburg Dialogue, a regular meeting between civil society representatives from both countries, which began Sunday.

Medvedev advocated greater media independence in Russia, as he addressed delegates.

"It is better if mass media can exist independently," the president said, adding that state subsidies increased the risk that media organizations, especially provincial ones, became the "voice of a person or an organization."

"That is not particularly good," Medvedev added. He spoke in favour of setting up a public broadcaster, and said he welcomed proposals, but expressed doubts that over remaining truly independent.

The meeting has been overshadowed by a row in Germany over a prize which was to be awarded to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, honouring his contribution to German-Russian relations.

The little-known Quadriga prize was withdrawn at the weekend, after critics complained that it ignored the premier's poor human rights record.

The leaders told civil society representatives that it was important to address differences.

"It is better to argue than remain silent," Medvedev said, adding that it must be possible to openly and honestly speak about anything "that doesn't quite seem right."

Merkel also urged members of the German-Russian youth parliament, meeting at the same time, not to become too attached to their governments.

"The more independent you are, the happier we will be to approach you," the chancellor said.

Later in the day, a series of business deals are due to be signed between the two countries.

Germany and Russia have been holding annual government consultations since 1998. Berlin only holds such consultations with seven other countries, including France and Israel, as well as India and China who both came on board this year.

Sweden to lift domestic travel restrictions, but remain cautious
Sweden to lift domestic travel restrictions, but remain cautious
Around 5.2 pct of Spanish population infected by coronavirus: study
Around 5.2 pct of Spanish population infected by coronavirus: study
Albanian parliament OKs 650-mln-euro Eurobond
Albanian parliament OKs 650-mln-euro Eurobond
Loading Bars
Portugese PM announces plan to ease economic blow from COVID-19
Sweden to lift domestic travel restrictions, but remain cautious
New York's Cuomo, concerned about COVID-19 spread, asks protesters to get tested
Germany will require all petrol stations to provide electric car charging
Somalia set to resume domestic flights
Around 5.2 pct of Spanish population infected by coronavirus: study
Albanian parliament OKs 650-mln-euro Eurobond
Jordan to open most economic sectors, further ease movement restrictions
Vaccines group raises $8.8 billion for immunisation plans for poor countries
OPEC+ has encouraging signs of rising conformity, says Barkindo
Eni creates two new business groups
Barkindo: 2020 oil demand to return to levels before 2014-2016 market downturn
IFC co-ops with Uzbekistan on planning of future projects
20-odd airlines to resume flights to and from Cyprus
India pledges 15 million USD to international vaccine alliance
Baku expected to hold European Championships in Men's and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics in late 2020
UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Turkmenistan discuss joint projects
Demand from banks at foreign exchange auction decreases in Azerbaijan
Georgia takes steps to foster development of local businesses
Turkey plans to resume flights with Azerbaijan soon
WHO mission to visit Turkmenistan
Cashless transactions in Azerbaijan on rise from Mar. through Apr. 2020
GNERC reveals market share of Georgian mobile operators
Representatives of diplomatic corps in Azerbaijan may work on weekends
GNERC reveals number of mobile subscribers in Georgia
Online payments grow in Kazakhstan
Global expenditures of oil & gas exploration to decline
COVID-related economic consequences to test Kazakhstan insurers' resilience
TABIB: Decision, rules related to international flights to be announced soon in Azerbaijan
Turkey's export of electrical goods from Jan. through May 2020 drops
11 insurers increase payment of insurance claims in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani Operational Headquarters: Domestic flights may be renewed in coming days
Android OS ranks first in Azerbaijani market albeit with lower percentage
Uzbekistan's Ministry of Energy, EBRD developing low carbon energy strategy
Georgia implements new agricultural project
Azerbaijan's Elektrogas LLC unveils plans on manufacturing combi devices
Azerbaijan records multi-fold increase in online sales amid COVID-19
Kazakhstan's state commission to prepare strategic development plan till 2025
TABIB recommends journalists, other employees of news agencies in Azerbaijan to work from home
Georgia records over 150 cases of illegal logging
12 insurance companies reduced collection of premiums in Azerbaijan in April 2020
Kazakhstan's Agrarian Credit Corporation makes decision on dividend payments
Turkish ministry discloses volume of crude oil transshipped via local ports
All pharmacies, stores to be closed in some Azerbaijan's cities on weekend
Two-three-day restrictions may be introduced during following weekends in Azerbaijan
German auto stimulus to boost VW's electric push
Russia's Eximbank opens correspondent accounts for Uzbek banks
Georgia works with foreign experts on post-crisis economic plan
TAP announces changes in market test schedule
Production volume, cost of panel radiators in Azerbaijan announced
Nine Azerbaijani insurers increase collection of premiums in April 2020
Azerbaijan's Elektrogas talks opening of plant for manufacturing heating equipment
Uzbekistan reveals data on future projects in Syrdarya region
Data on naphtha shipment via Turkish ports from Jan. through Apr. 2020 revealed
Azerbaijan reports 262 new COVID-19 cases
Supply of gas to remote areas of Turkmenistan's Dashoguz region increasing
Baku Stock Exchange holds auction on placement of Central Bank's notes
Russian ETN-Cyclone commissions coal chemical plant in Kazakhstan
UNICEF Uzbekistan opens tender for purchase of off-road vehicles
Iranian president inaugurates 8 water, power projects
EU supports Azerbaijan's integration to green economy - FAO
AIIB may co-fund COVID-19 response, expenditure support program in Kazakhstan
Fitch affirms three private banks of Uzbekistan with Stable outlooks
Ireland seeks health officials' backing to speed up reopening plan
Spain maps route for late June tourism opening
France says German recovery plan 'good news', French plan due soon
Uzbekistan sends another batch of wild cherries to South Korea
Stock market expert outlines low-risk sectors in Iran
Residents of some Azerbaijan’s cities may leave homes upon special permission
Uzbekistan issues first license for wholesale of alcohol products
BP, SOCAR agreed on transition period for SCP operatorship
Azerbaijan announces allowed activities during strengthened quarantine
Spain's lower house opens process to create digital tax on internet giants
Kazakhstan's oil & gas company opens tender for oil waste processing
Kazakh-Chinese company to buy spare parts for pumps via tender
Azerbaijani PM appeals to population due to sharp increase in number of cases of coronavirus infection
Azerbaijan's PM talks new restrictions due to spike in COVID-19 infections
Geostat: Trade sector has highest share in total turnover of Georgia's business sector
Amazon in talks to buy $2 billion stake in Indian telco Bharti Airtel
Central Bank of Azerbaijan unveils value of deposits in national currency
Customs service of Turkmenistan improves export control
Total purchases of goods and services by Georgian enterprises up
Azerbaijani Mortgage and Credit Guarantee Fund discloses number of apartments rented by citizens
Azerbaijan to tighten quarantine regime in some cities
Uzbekistan creates inter-parliamentary groups with France, Belgium
Uzbekistan to create joint project institute with South Korean company
Georgia reveals amount of funds to pay debt
Kazakhstan to revisit investment projects pool to up funds attraction
Azerbaijani MP says quarantine regime may be re-applied due to increase in infection cases
Turkey unveils data on cargo transshipment through Istanbul port
Iran reveals its COVID-19 data for June 4
Kazakh company launches camel milk export to China
Azerbaijan discloses data on payments in insurance market for April 2020
Exports from Mexico to Azerbaijan increase 225.49% in first quarter of 2020
LVMH has explored coronavirus impact on Tiffany deal terms
Foreign investments in Uzbekistan grow
Saudi Aramco to delay July OSPs pending OPEC+ meeting
German economy should reach pre-crisis level in H2 2022
OPEC+ may meet this week if laggards agree to comply
Azerbaijani Azexport portal to launch contactless delivery service
All news