Tuesday 15 October, 2019

Antigua and Russia sign Visa Waiver Agreement

Signing ceremony in St Petersburg (from left: Julien Hansen, Honorary Consul of A&B in RF, Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of A&B and Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of RF)

Signing ceremony in St Petersburg (from left: Julien Hansen, Honorary Consul of A&B in RF, Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of A&B and Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of RF)

Antiguans and Russians will soon be able to travel to each other’s countries visa-free.

Speaking on his radio show on Sunday, Prime Minister Gaston Browne said he recently traveled to St Petersburg, Russia, and met with the Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, and executed a visa waiver agreement.

"Russians, as soon as we gazette this, could travel to Antigua and Barbuda and Antiguans and Barbudans could travel to Russia on a visa-free basis," he said. 

He made it clear though that the visa waiver does not interfere with his country’s relationship with the United States.

“We not getting involved in any geopolitics with Russia and the United States. We have a policy we are friends of all, enemies of none. We know where our bread is buttered. Our trade is with the United States and we know we have to protect that relationship,” he said.

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