Russia establishes security zone on border with Belarus

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has established controls on the border with Belarus in response to that country’s decision to abolish visas for short-term travelers, according to documents released by the government.

A set of government documents posted on February 1 said a «full-fledged border-protection regime» has been established after Belarus last month announced it was abolishing visas for short-term visitors from some 80 countries, including the United States and European Union member countries.

Russia’s decision came as a surprise because Russia and Belarus have formed a «union state» since January 2000 and there have been no border controls between the two countries.

However, officials in Moscow have said Minsk’s decision to abolish visas presents a security threat to Russia, RFE/RL reports.

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