Bulgaria has supported the suspension of an agreement between the EU and the Russian Federation to facilitate the issuance of visas

Bulgaria has supported the suspension of an agreement between the EU and the Russian Federation to facilitate the issuance of visas
Bulgaria has supported the suspension of an agreement between the EU and the Russian Federation to facilitate the issuance of visas

Bulgaria has supported the suspension of an agreement between the EU and the Russian Federation to facilitate the issuance of visas.

“In the conditions of Russian military aggression against Ukraine and in view of the fact that Russia has declared the member states, including Bulgaria, as enemy states, a political agreement was reached on the temporary termination (suspension) of the Agreement between the European Community and the Russian Federation on the facilitation of extradition of visas for the citizens of the European Union and those of Russia. Bulgaria is part of this political agreement”. This was announced by Deputy Minister Kostadin Kojabashev during a briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) today.

The topic was discussed at an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in the form of a “Gymnich” on August 30 and 31 in Prague.

In the conditions of Russian military aggression against Ukraine and given the fact that Russia declared the member states, including Bulgaria, to be enemy states, a political agreement was reached for the temporary suspension of the Agreement, pointed out Kojabashev.

According to him, it is important to note that this kind of agreements are rather an exception in the visa policy of the EU, as a sign of the existing cooperation between the EU and a specific third country. He noted that at the moment conditions for the functioning of such cooperation with Russia are not present.

Issuance of visas will continue according to the terms of the Visa Code and after a careful assessment by the national authorities of each individual case, Kojabashev added.

The Deputy Foreign Minister also said that given the complex situation in which the EU member states bordering Russia find themselves, an agreement has been reached to take additional measures at the national level to limit entry into the EU, in accordance with the Schengen Code borders. Passports issued by the occupied territories will not be recognized, he added.

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