Ukraine, Financial Times: EU ready to suspend visa agreement with Russia

This was reported by the British financial daily, citing European officials

The European Union would be ready to suspend the visa agreement with Moscow. This was reported by the ‘Financial Times’, citing European officials. According to the British financial daily, the Union’s foreign ministers, already at their meeting scheduled for next week in Prague, will support the suspension of the visa facilitation agreement between the EU and Russia.

A request from many European countries to prevent Russian citizens from traveling to Europe with tourist visas. If in fact – explains the ‘Financial Times’ – some countries, such as the Czech Republic and Poland, stopped issuing visas after the invasion of Ukraine, others continued to do so, thus allowing Russians to travel anywhere in the area. Schengen.

The visa agreement between the EU and Russia was already partially suspended at the end of February, but a wider suspension would make it more complicated, more expensive and longer for Russians to apply for any type of visa to the European Union.

“It is not appropriate for Russian tourists to stroll around our cities and our ports. We must send a signal to the Russian population that this war is not good, it is not acceptable,” said a senior European official, quoted by the ‘Financial Times’, who it also reports its intention to overcome the suspension of the visa agreement by the end of the year and introduce “deeper changes”.

Although – writes the British newspaper – “there is no consensus on the additional measures that Brussels could take to reduce the number of EU visas to be issued to Russians or to stop issuing them altogether or on other proposals, such as the extension any ban on Belarusians “.

If countries like Germany are against an outright ban on visa issuance and even the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, has said that the blockade must be “selective”, the states bordering the Russia – like Finland, Poland and the Baltic states – would be willing to stop allowing Russians to enter their territories on a tourist visa. After the suspension of flights between the EU and Russia, in fact, many Russians pass through these countries to reach other European destinations.