The EC hopes Bulgaria will reduce the issuance of visas for Russians

The EC hopes Bulgaria will reduce the issuance of visas for Russians
The EC hopes Bulgaria will reduce the issuance of visas for Russians

The European Commission (EC) hopes that non-Schengen countries such as Bulgaria, Romania and others will also reduce visa issuance for Russians. This was stated on Tuesday by the European Commissioner for Internal Affairs Ylva Johansson, presenting the European Commission’s proposals for visa restrictions against Russia, reports Euronews.

“We hope that countries that are not yet members of the Schengen area will also comply with these new rules,” Johansson said, calling for a reduction in the number of tourist visas issued to Russian citizens.

The European Commission approved a proposal to completely suspend the visa facilitation agreement with Russia.

“Russian citizens should not have easy access to the EU and, of course, being a tourist in the EU is not a fundamental right. The European Commission today adopted a proposal to completely suspend the visa facilitation agreement with Russia,” she explained.

According to her, the EC expects approval from the EU Council of this decision within a week. “I am sure that the Council of the EU will quickly approve this proposal and on Monday morning we will have a new visa regime for Russia,” said the European Commissioner.

According to Johansson, citizens of the Russian Federation will face longer and more expensive procedures for obtaining EU visas and it will become more difficult to obtain multiple entry visas. Johansson hopes that non-Schengen countries such as Bulgaria, Romania and other EU countries will also reduce visa issuance for Russians. EU countries will have the right to refuse visas to Russian citizens who “may threaten the security of these countries and the EU”. At the same time, the EC intends to simplify the issuance of visas to “students, journalists, dissidents and representatives of civil society” of the Russian Federation, writes “Focus”.

The European Commission also submitted a proposal to the Council of the EU for the non-recognition of Russian passports issued in the occupied territories of Ukraine.

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