The Steering Committee of the EU-Russian Civil Society Forum and the Visa-Free Europe Coalition express their strongest concern regarding the planned restrictions of the visa regime of the Russian Federation towards the European Union citizens. The visa requirements expanded to include crew members of transport vehicles are to come into force on November 1, 2012 and will affect citizens of those EU Member States, which do not have bilateral agreements with Russia. We appeal to the authorities of the Russian Federation to reconsider this decision, harming the visa dialogue between Russia and the EU, and to withdraw from its implementation.

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