Today, Russia introduces transit visas for US citizens. From now on, if any plane, carrying US citizens onboard, should make an emergency landing on the Russian territory, the Russian authorities will be entitled to ask transit visas from the passengers. The same holds true for all Americans who travel through Russia’s territory. Russia takes such a step in retaliation to similar actions by the American authorities. You may remember that the USA has recently introduced transit visas for Russian citizens. Still, such a tit-for-tat will hardly last long, analysts say. This considerably complicates flights through the USA and Russia, so the demand is sure to drop, incurring losses in many airlines. This move is purely political and of no benefit for both sides.
The Federation Council may gather for the meeting on October 4 to consider new laws on the accession of new territories to Russia after the referenda