MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia will never cancel visas for EU countries on a unilateral basis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday.
"It is possible to do this [to cancel the visa regime of Russia and the European Union] exclusively on the basis of mutuality," he said after talks with Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Alfonso Dastis.
A Visa-free regime with the European Union has long been part of Russia's external policy goals. Russia and the European Union earlier held talks on mutual visa abolition and even made progress in this area.
In July 2012, Lavrov said it might take no longer than a year and a half for Russia and the European Union to move to a visa-free regime. Still, the process has been frozen by the bloc after Crimea's reunification with Russia in March 2014.