The third meeting of Senior Officials of the Russia-EU visa dialogue to elaborate a list of Common Steps towards visa-free short-term travel of Russian and EU citizens was held on 27 June 2011 in Moscow. Vladimir Voronkov, Director of the European Cooperation Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry headed the Russian delegation, while the EU delegation was led by the European Commission Director General for Home Affairs, Stefano Manservisi. In the course of negotiations considerable progress was achieved in drafting the text of the document. The Russian side reiterated its principal position that implementation of the Common Steps should be immediately followed by elaboration and conclusion of an Agreement on Waiver of Visa Requirements between Russia and EU.
The next meeting of Senior Officials of the Russia-EU visa dialogue will be held on 12 July 2011 in Brussels.