Prime Minister of Ukraine Shmyhal called for a ban on the issuance of tourist and study visas to Russians According to him, 80% of the Russian population supports a special operation in Ukraine, so Russians should not be divided into “good and bad” and entry into Western countries should be banned for all
Divide Russians “into good and bad” will not work, Russian society needs a “cold shower” in the form of stopping the issuance of tourist and study visas, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal said in an interview with dpa.
“Unfortunately, polls show that about 80% of Russians support a war against our country. Unfortunately, this is not only [Russian President Vladimir] Putin's war,— he claims. Therefore, it is unacceptable for Kyiv that, while Russian soldiers are participating in hostilities on the territory of the country, other citizens of the country “finely arrange their lives in the West, go on vacation.”
In August, President Volodymyr Zelensky called on Western states to close entry for all Russians— in his opinion, this is the only way to influence Putin. The idea was supported in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Finland. France, Germany, and the United States spoke out against the restrictions. EU Ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer felt that a ban on the issuance of Schengen visas would not help end the military conflict in Ukraine.
At a meeting on 30 & ndash; 31 August, EU foreign ministers could not agree on a complete ban , but countries were allowed to take measures to reduce the tourist flow from Russia at the national level. The European Union also decided to completely suspend the visa facilitation agreement with Russia. When this happens, the fees for Russians will increase from €35 to €80, and the application processing time may increase.
The Kremlin called the decision ridiculous and warned that it would lead to negative consequences for both Russians and Europeans. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed that Moscow, in response to the attempts of the EU countries to build the “Schengen walls” will not impose restrictions on Europeans.
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