YEREVAN, April 25. / ARKA /. Russia will not apply restrictions on Armenian labor migrants in its territory for violation of its immigration law until Armenia’s accession to the Customs Union, the outgoing secretary of the National Security Council Arthur Baghdasaryan said today.
According to Baghdasaryan, during his recent visit to Moscow Armenian and Russian migration services signed a document that will govern all the issues relating to Armenian labor migrants in the Russian Federation.
Particularly, no artificial obstacles will be created for Armenian citizens entering the Russian Federation.
He added that a membership in the Customs Union provides for citizens of member countries a completely different migration regime.
According to him, around 60,000 Armenian citizens have been denied entry to the Russian Federation, and another 210,000 are in the "risk zone" having violated the law and will have problems when leaving Russia. Approximately another 500,000 may be banned from the entry into Russia in case of a third breach of its immigration legislation.
Under the revised Russian immigration law, citizens of some former Soviet republics, including from Armenia, have the right to remain in the territory of the Russian Federation without registration for only 90 days within every 180 days. This means that citizens of Armenia cannot continually live in Russia for at least six months. -0-