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Tourism and business visa rules 'to be eased for South Koreans'

By The Siberian Times reporter
15 October 2013

The move comes amid hope of large-scale investment from Seoul into Siberia.

'If the rail modernization plan goes through, it could boost industry in Siberia and the Far East region by expanding rail capacity for transporting freight', said the Korean Herald, adding: 'two-way trade increased to $25 billion last year from negligible figures a little more than two decades ago'

Vladimir Putin's third visit to South Korea - due in early November - will produce agreements aimed at closer co-operation, said Russian Ambassador Konstantin Vnukov, as reported by The Korea Herald.

'We already signed many agreements to permit visa free travel for diplomatic and other government officials,' he said. 'Now we will sign a special agreement to establish visa free travel for up to 60 days for tourism and business, which will have options to extend visits to Russia if necessary.'

He expected this to spur people-to-people exchanges threefold over the next five years, said the report. 

President Putin will meet the South Korean president Park Geun-hye, when investment into expanding the capacity of the Trans-Siberian rail routes, and developing the Northern Sea Route, will also be under discussion. 

'This topic will be among the biggest to be discussed by our two presidents,' said Vnukov. 'If the rail modernization plan goes through, it could boost industry in Siberia and the Far East region by expanding rail capacity for transporting freight,' said The Korea Herald. 

'Two-way trade increased to $25 billion last year from negligible figures a little more than two decades ago.'

South Korea's first woman president told the recent G20 summit in St Petersburg of 'a dream she had in which she took a train from Busan, and travelled via Russia using this Trans-Siberian route to Western Europe,' said the ambassador.

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ease them for the rest of the world!!!
Lukasz, Poland
17/10/2013 00:39
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