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Svetlana Zhurova: “The cross-border agreement showed that the Russian Federation has no desire to slam the door in front of neighbors’ hands “

Russia’s cooperation with foreign partners continues, despite the sanctions, said deputy, first deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Svetlana Zhurova.

Summing up the work in 2018, the parliamentarian highlighted the agreements on border cooperation with a number of states ratified by the Duma.

“This is a series of agreements with our neighbors concerning the financing and implementation of cross-border cooperation programs. These are agreements with Poland, Latvia, Finland, Norway, Lithuania, Estonia,” the site of the United Russia faction in the State Duma quotes Zhurov.

The parliamentarian noted that, despite the sanctions, the countries will continue to jointly finance projects in border areas.

“It would seem that we don’t have the best relations with them, but these ratifications indicate that there remains a desire to maintain good neighborly relations at the level of our peoples, coming from both ordinary people and politicians. There is no desire to go so deep that finally destroy our relationship, slam the door so that, as they say, all the dishes fell down and then we did not glue the broken one. This door remains open, “Zhurova said.

The agreement of the Russian Federation with Latvia on the simplification of mutual trips of residents of border areas, initiated by the Latvian side, was signed in Riga in November 2017. In October 2018, the document was ratified by both chambers of the Russian parliament and signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The agreement applies to citizens of Russia and Latvia, as well as foreign citizens who legally live on the border territory of these states for at least the last three years. The document came into force on December 16th.

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