Thursday, September 8, 2022

New form of Apartheid in EU? Russian citizens should not have "easy access" to the EU!!!


EU Commission is proposing to fully suspend the EU's Visa Facilitation Agreement with Russia.

The suspension is in response to increased risks and threats to the Union's security interests and the national security of the Member States as result of Russia's military aggression against Ukraine.

This means that Russian citizens will no longer enjoy privileged access to the EU and face a lengthier, more expensive and more difficult visa application process. Member States will have wide discretion in processing short-stay visa applications from Russian citizens, and will be able to ensure greater scrutiny in respect of Russian nationals travelling to the EU.

 The EU will remain open to certain categories of Russian visa applicants travelling for essential purposes, including notably family members of EU citizens, journalists, dissidents and civil society representatives. [EU Commission] 


*** EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson said on Thursday that Russian citizens should not have easy access to the European Union for tourist and entertainment purposes.

Johansson is currently in Latvia to discuss a new European policy on visas for Russian citizens.

"Citizens from a country responsible for war should not have easy access to tourism and leisure in the EU," the commissioner said on Twitter, referring to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

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