Kremlin responds to Kyiv's intentions to introduce visas for Russians
The decision on retaliatory measures in response to Ukraine's possible introduction of a visa regime for Russians is to be taken by the Russian president, the Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told journalists in Moscow, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Russia.
"We've been saying quite consistently that such actions see a reaction based on the principle of reciprocity, as a rule. There is nothing new here, but we can certainly say that there will be a response," Peskov said, answering an UNIAN correspondent's question on whether the statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov about Moscow's readiness to resort to a mirror response in case of Ukraine's introduction of a visa regime with the Russian Federation is an evidence of the final decision being taken.
Peskov added that it is the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, who will be deciding on the issue.
Read alsoUkraine's SBU chief proposes e-passports instead of visas for RussiansAs reported earlier, on June 6, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russia would introduce a visa regime with Ukraine in response to similar actions by Kyiv.
As UNIAN reported, Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin on December 22, 2016, announced preparations for the introduction of a visa regime with Russia.
On December 30, Verkhovna Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy said he hoped that the parliament would be able to come to an agreement on the introduction of visas with Russia from 2017.