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Belarusian President Wants to End Border Dispute with Russia

12.01.2018 12:00

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Thursday he would reconcile border-related differences with Russia in 2018.

The Belarusian leader said at a conference in Minsk that the liberalization of Belarus visa regulations for foreigners has caused concerns by Russia. He added that the Belarus-Russia border is often called «the strangest border in Europe» on the Internet and elsewhere. The Belarusian president said that the law enforcement bodies of Belarus and Russia maintain constructive and systematic cooperation.

Recall that Belarus introduced a five-day visa-free policy for citizens of 80 countries, including 39 European countries and the United States in January 2017. After that, Belarus and Russia started to have differences regarding their shared border.

At the same time border controls along the Belarus-Russia border were lifted after the two countries signed the Treaty of Friendship, Good-Neighborliness and Cooperation in 1995.