Russia can cancel unilaterally a visa-free regime with Ukraine. The bill providing possibility of cancellation of a visa-free regime with the countries at emergence in their territory of armed conflicts or threat of terrorism is introduced in the State Duma. In the explanatory note the author of the bill, the deputy Semyon Bagdasarov adduces some arguments. One of them is that "the leaders of some former Soviet republics seek to enter NATO". Besides, the deputy notes that recently even more often there are armed conflicts at borders of Russia, in particular in territories of the former Soviet republics of Central Asia.
There are other levers
"In a context of today's foreign policy the Russian ruling elite is interested in a visa-free regime with Ukraine", - Stanislav Belkovsky, the expert of the Moscow Institute of national strategy considers. However, according to him, it isn't known how events will develop further. At the same time not all politicians consider introduction of visas between Russia and Ukraine reasonable. "They say that the best way of fight against a headache - a guillotine. That's the same: the best way not to start up hostile force on the territory - to cut off the whole country", - Sergey Glazyev, ex-the deputy of the State Duma explains. According to him, executive power has a mass of levers to fight against terrorism, and for this purpose it isn't necessary to resort to a visa regime.
In turn the Ukrainian experts consider this bill, as a way of pressure upon the Ukrainian public to prevent the entry of Ukraine into NATO."Earlier already there were statements of the high-ranking Russian officials that at the entry of Ukraine into NATO Russia will introduce a visa regime", - Vadim Karasyov, the director of Institute of global strategy reminds. "This reminder: in case of the entry of Ukraine into Alliance business, cultural contacts, related communications" can suffer, - the expert notes. According to him, it only testifies that for Russia the entry of Ukraine into NATO becomes more and more real.