Easy visas for Russians are over

Easy visas for Russians are over
Easy visas for Russians are over

The Council of the EU decided not to impose a general ban, but to abolish the visa facilitation regime

The EU is suspending the visa facilitation agreement with Russia, but not introducing a complete visa ban, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó announced after today’s meeting of the EU Council on Foreign Affairs.

“The European Union will suspend the agreement with Russia, which eases the issuance of visas, but a general ban on the issuance of visas will not be imposed, as there is no unanimity on this issue,” Scijarto said on Facebook, as quoted by BGNES.

Hungary, along with several other countries, opposed the Russian visa ban at a meeting of EU ministers in Prague.

“Several countries have spoken out against it, including me,” he said.

According to him, the agreement, which eases the issuance of visas, is removed after a qualified majority vote. This means that there were countries that were up to the last against its repeal, but the procedure did not allow for a veto.

Eastern and Scandinavian countries strongly support the ban, while Germany and France have warned their counterparts it would be counterproductive, saying ordinary Russians should still be allowed access to the West.

NATIONAL PROHIBITIONS

Poland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia intend to take a number of measures to reduce the number of Russian citizens entering the territory of these countries and the Schengen area, by banning the issuance of visas to Russian citizens at the national level, as well as the crossing of the border with visas for the European Union. This was stated in a joint statement published by the foreign ministers of the specified countries, and quoted by BGNES.

“The termination of the visa facilitation agreement with Russia is a necessary first step, but we must drastically limit the number of visas issued, especially tourist visas, in order to reduce the flow of Russian citizens to the European Union and the Schengen area. To this end We are looking for a common approach at EU level and have asked the European Commission to propose appropriate visa measures to be implemented by the European Union,” the statement said. “Until such measures are taken at EU level, we, as countries bordering Russia and Belarus, will consider introducing a temporary visa ban or border crossing restrictions at national level for Russian citizens holding EU visas, to address public safety concerns.”

According to the Financial Times, Finland is also considering limiting the admission of Russians. The publication notes that since the end of February, around 700,000 Russian citizens, mostly tourists, have entered the five EU member states, and after crossing their borders, they usually continue to travel to western EU member states. At the same time, the listed countries emphasized the need to remove visa restrictions for political opponents of the current Russian government.

A THREAT

Russia has a lot to do to meet the visa restrictions imposed by the European Union on the citizens of our country, commented the head of the International Committee of the Federation Council, Gigoriy Karasin.

“In Russia, no one bothers about the visas, but conclusions are drawn,” said the politician on the air of the TV channel “Russia 24”, reports BGNES.

According to Karasin, what is actually being discussed is “how to further isolate Russia, how to facilitate the split in Russian society and public opinion.”

EIGHTH PACKAGE OF SANCTIONS

Germany has proposed in Prague to the ministers of foreign affairs of the EU countries measures to be included in the eighth package of sanctions against Russia because of the war in Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Analena Berbock said today, quoted by DPA and BTA.

Berbock, who spoke on the sidelines of the meeting, did not elaborate. In all probability, however, Germany will insist on the introduction of an international price ceiling for Russian oil, DPA notes.

One way to force Russia to sell its oil at lower prices to major importers such as India is by imposing sanctions on insurance companies that offer their services to carriers that transport oil at a price above the fixed maximum level. This will not only reduce oil prices on the world market, but also stop providing additional funds for the Russian military machine from high energy prices.


The article is in Bulgarian

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