Russia and the United States will sign an agreement to ease visa regimes between the two countries in the nearest future, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry said

Russia and the United States will sign an agreement to ease visa regimes between the two countries in the nearest future, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"We reaffirm that indeed there is a development of the text of the agreement, the final details are being processed now, and we hope very much that the signing will take place as soon as possible," the source quoted by RIA Novosti as saying.
Similar information was reported in the "round table" "US-Russia: ways of cooperation," the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. According to the U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Byerly, "three weeks Hillary Clinton and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov signed an agreement aimed at improving the visa regime ".
Also in May, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and US President Barack Obama announced plans to liberalize visa restrictions for businessmen and tourists traveling between the two countries.
Under the new agreement, eligible business travelers and tourists would be issued visas valid for 36 months at a unified and reciprocal fee.
At the present time, citizens of Russia can apply for 1 or 2 years visas at the US consulates in Russia. U.S. citizens travelling to Russia on business, have the opportunity to apply for a visa for a period of not more than 1 year. Yet visa procedures are generally much easier for U.S. citizens, who do not need to apply documents in person and can send the application to Russian consulates via post. At the same time, Russian citizens are almost always required to appear personally for an interview in the consulate of the United States.