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Russia Soon to Allow Haitians to Travel Without Visa, says Foreign Minister

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Foreign Minister Edmond Bocchit said a memorandum of understanding is in the works with Russia to allow Haitian citizens to travel to the country and Russian citizens to travel to Haiti without a visa requirement.

Minister Bocchit briefed the newspaper, Le Nouvelliste, on this project after headlines were made by the Pitit Dessalines leader, Jean-Charles Moise, who met with the Russian Ambassador to Venezuela, Vladimir Fedorovich Zaimsky, in Haiti.

Former Senator Moise made a 2-week visit to Caracas, Venezuela where he met with many leftist parties from nations such as Cuba, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Venezuela and Russia. Those visits, his subsequent visit by the Russian ambassador, and Mr. Moise's criticisms that the Jovenel Moise administration had turned its back on Venezuela and Russia, which was widely publicized, prompted two articles in Le Nouvelliste.

Minister Bocchit in his interview said the Russian ambassador met with him as well.

The ambassador was received at the Haitian Chancellery by the Minister of Foreign Affairs. During the interview, which lasted more than an hour, the two men discussed relations between the two countries and the upcoming signing of a visa waiver agreement for Haitian and Russian citizens, the minister told the paper.

Likely Not Welcomed News in Washington, D.C.

Diplomatic relations between Haiti and Russia have always been desired but much frowned upon by the United States and nations in the Organization of American States (OAS) with no other choice but to walk in lockstep with the U.S. agenda.

The former dictator, Francois Duvalier and his son Jean-Claude, were allowed their brutal reign in Haiti as long as they opposed the former communist regime of the U.S.S.R.

Russia hasn't been communist for nearly three decades but it wasn't that long ago that the U.S. Embassy in Haiti engaged vigorously to prevent Haiti from joining the PetroCaribe agreement with Venezuela.

Such an agreement between Haiti and Russia would prove a significant separation between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump who are usually said to see things eye-to-eye. The Trump administration has pushed forward a highly restrictive travel policy against non-European nations.

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