Estonia proposes to ban Russians from entering the EU
Foreign Minister Reinsalu: Estonia will offer to ban Russians from entering the EU In August, the Estonian Foreign Ministry will raise this issue at a ministerial meeting with representatives of other countries. The head of the Foreign Ministry also proposed, following the example of Latvia, to demand from the Russians in some cases a document condemning Moscow's policy 673w” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/800xH/media/img/7/01/756591043814017.webp 800w" type="image/webp" media="(max-width: 400px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/590xH/media/img/7/01/756591043814017.webp 590w" type="image/webp" >
Estonia. Tallinn. View of the Town Hall and Town Hall Square
Estonia will offer to block Russians from entering the EU, Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said on Vikerraadio. According to the Foreign Minister, at the end of August in Prague he is scheduled to meet with foreign ministers of other states, at which he will present a plan for pan-European restrictions on Russian citizens.
Reinsalu also called on other countries in the region to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians , “that is, to stop wandering across the border.” According to him, the issuance of such permits is normal in a normal situation, but “unthinkable in wartime conditions.”
Estonia in March suspended the issuance of tourist visas to Russian citizens. At the same time, those who have relatives in Estonia, as well as those who apply for a visa for “humanitarian reasons” or for medical purposes can still apply.
In late July, Tallinn tightened its rules by banning Russians from applying for a temporary residence permit or visa to study in Estonia.
However, Reinsalu said, Russian citizens still enter the country on visas of other states. “This mouse hole needs to be plugged,” — he noted. According to him, with the lifting of coronavirus restrictions in Russia, the flow of Russians going through checkpoints in Estonia, as well as in Finland and Latvia, has grown.
In addition to the pan-European ban, Estonia needs to introduce measures at the national level, the head believes Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He cited Latvia as an example, where upon entry, Russian citizens must sign a document condemning the military operation in Ukraine. “Such a principle could also be taken as a basis for obtaining [Estonian] citizenship through naturalization,” — Reinsalu explained.
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The European Commission stated that EU norms do not allow to completely stop issuing visas to citizens of a particular country, meaning that there is a issuance of permits for humanitarian reasons , family members of a citizen of an EU country, journalists and those who left for political reasons. They also emphasized that the EU sanctions are directed primarily against the Russian government and elites, and not against ordinary citizens.
In addition to Estonia, Latvia and the Czech Republic reported on the suspension of visa issuance, and the European Union decided to partially suspend the simplified visa regime with Russia.
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