Spain may ease EU visa regime for Russians

Spain has put forward a proposal to change the EU's visa regime, which could make it easier for Russians to travel in and around Europe.

It would mean that a single visa would be given on first application, a two-year multiple visit visa on the second, and a five-year visa on the third.

All this would come under the Schengen visa regime, which covers much of continental Europe.

In return, Moscow says it is ready to widen the list of specialists who can enter the country without a visa.

The Russian Foreign Minister expressed hope that progress will be made to ease the visa regime during a television interview on Thursday.

Some EU members are keen on making it easier for Russian tourists to visit.