The Foreign Ministry said they do not want a new Iron Curtain
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Moscow doesn't want a new one iron curtain, but the West is lowering it, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on the air of the Rossiya 1 TV channel.
“We would certainly not want any new Iron Curtain. The paradox is that this iron curtain is being let down by those who still cannot imagine anything other than the ideology of neoliberal thought as the only one possible for the whole world. They deny the rest of the world, except for those segments of it that live by their rules,»,— said Ryabkov.
This is how he commented on the restrictions associated with issuing visas to Russians.
Recently, a number of European countries called for banning Russians from entering the Schengen countries. On August 16, Latvian Prime Minister Karins Krisjanis announced that the country's authorities “conceptually agreed not to extend” for Russians, a residence permit and “restrict entry to Latvia on Schengen visas.” Since August 18, the Estonian authorities have closed entry to the country for Russians with Schengen visas with some restrictions, exceptions apply in case of work in a diplomatic mission, humanitarian reasons for the trip, etc.
The Finnish government plans to halve the number of visa applications accepted in Russia from the beginning of September.
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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz criticized the proposal to abolish visas for Russians. He warned against extending sanctions against Russian “oligarchs” for all citizens of the country. The second group of people is not guilty of what is happening, he stressed. Such restrictions Scholz called unjustified. “Many are fleeing Russia because they don't agree with the Russian regime,” — he emphasized.
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