Poland is ready to lower the cost of visas for citizens of Russia and Belarus if the move is reciprocated. The announcement was made at a press conference here Monday by Vlodzimezh Tsimoshevich, Poland's foreign minister. He stressed Poland's readiness to cut the visa free in half, saying even a minimum fee would be enough to cover the costs of the system.
The foreign minister also told the journalists that the European Commission was working toward simplifying cross-border traffic in Poland's eastern areas in a 50-kilometer zone extending from the border. A simpler system of cross-border traffic will encourage cooperation along the border, he said. Tsimoshevich noted the possibility that people who live near the border could be exempted from visa requirements.
Poland introduced a visa regime for its eastern neighbors on October 1 as part of its entry in the European Union.
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