Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko greet each other ahead of an informal meeting of the CIS leaders outside Moscow, Russia, Dec. 26, 2017. Photo: Xinhua
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Thursday he would reconcile border-related differences with Russia in 2018, Belarusian State-owned Telegragh Agency reported.
In January 2017, Belarus introduced a five-day visa-free policy for citizens of 80 countries, including 39 European countries and the United States. After that, Belarus and Russia started to have differences regarding their shared border.
Lukashenko said at a conference in Minsk that the liberalization of Belarus visa regulations for foreigners has caused concerns by Russia.
He added that the Belarus-Russia border is often called "the strangest border in Europe" on the Internet and elsewhere.
The president said that the law enforcement bodies of Belarus and Russia maintain constructive and systematic cooperation.
Border controls along the Belarus-Russia border were lifted after the two countries signed the Treaty of Friendship, Good-Neighborliness and Cooperation in 1995.
Russia actually started introducing restrictions of citizens of third countries entering Russia from Belarus in early 2016.