Published on : Thursday, June 2, 2016
Commenting on reports that Greece expected up to two million Russian travelers to go on holiday to the country in 2016, Greek Alternate Foreign Minister Nikos Xydakis told Sputnik on Wednesday that the number of Russian tourists planning to travel to Greece has surged by a third this year.
The European Union and Russia are also set to resume talks on easing the visa regime which they had left unfinished and inconclusive in 2013, he added.
“We will act as a reliable mediator that sets conditions and timeframes and appeals to the goodwill of its EU partners,” Xydakis promised.
The minister estimated that the Greek Embassy in Moscow processes on average 5,500-6,000 visa requests a day.
Every year, Greece welcomes 500,000-600,000 Russian travellers despite the economic challenges.