In Finland, they found a way to reduce the number of visas issued to Russians
The head of the country's Foreign Ministry said that the acceptance of applications for tourist visas may be limited to one day a week. The idea arose against the background of calls to completely stop issuing them to Russians ” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
Finland may introduce time limits for applications for various visas for Russians in order to reduce the number of documents issued, Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto told the local MTV channel.
“In fact, this may mean that in Monday you can apply for a tourist visa, and from Tuesday to Friday— for a visa for family reasons, study, work or other good reasons,— the minister explained.
In August, European countries began to actively discuss the introduction of visa restrictions for Russian citizens. Among other things, there were calls for a complete refusal to issue visas to Russians, and some countries have already taken such a step— for example, the Czech Republic did this at the end of February, and in June the ban was extended until March 2023. Estonia in August decided to stop letting Russians with Schengen visas, which the country had previously issued.
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky made a call to completely stop issuing visas to Russians. He stated that the citizens of the country should “live in their own world until they change their philosophy” as they “take away someone else's land.” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba also called on the G7 countries (the group includes the United States, Germany, Japan, Great Britain, France, Italy and Canada) to stop issuing visas to Russians.
Washington said they did not want to harm the Russian people. “We don’t have disagreements with him,” & mdash; noted at the US State Department.
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obtain entry permits (for example, family members, journalists or dissidents). However, the EU countries can independently “study each issue of issuing short-term visas in a particular situation,” the European Commission pointed out.
There are disagreements among EU members regarding the introduction of a complete ban on the entry of Russians with visas to the countries of the union. Thus, Lithuania called for a similar ban to be introduced at the level of the entire European Union, while the Czech Republic and Denmark noted that they would support it if it was a pan-European decision. In Germany, they doubted the possibility of applying such a measure.
The Kremlin pointed out the futility of the idea to introduce such a ban for Russians.
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