The head of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Security of the Senate, Pavel Fischer, and the head of the Committee on International Affairs of the Chamber of Deputies, Marek Zhenishek, announced the need to stop issuing Schengen visas to Russians to enter the Czech Republic for the security of Czechs. It was announced on August 20 Czech radio.
“For the safety of citizens of the EU countries, including citizens of the Czech Republic, the issuance of Schengen visas for citizens of the Russian Federation should be completely stopped,” Fischer is quoted as saying.
He added that Russians “in need of support” should, at the same time, have the right to apply to European countries with a “request for residence and international protection.”
As Zhenishek noted, the ban on issuing EU visas to Russians was supposed to be one of the first sanctions against Moscow.
At the same time, it is noted that the idea of a visa ban is supported by many members of both chambers of the Czech Parliament.
Earlier in the day, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stressed that the proposal to ban all Russians from entering the European Union was a manifestation of Nazi policy. The Minister pointed out that today the fundamental principles of the world order, the legal and political assessments of the Nuremberg Tribunal are being increasingly ignored.
Since August 18, Estonia has closed the borders for Russians with Schengen visas issued in the republic. It is expected that the country will stop letting Russians with visas from any EU country into its territory.
Meanwhile, the permanent secretary (a post similar to the first deputy minister) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Cornelius Corneliou, criticized the ban on issuing visas to citizens of the Russian Federation. He noted that the corresponding decision would cause significant damage to the Russian communities in the EU. Greece and Portugal also opposed the ban on issuing visas to Russians to enter the EU countries.
Omid Nuripur, co-chairman of the Soyuz-90/Green Party of Germany, in turn, said that it is not necessary to ban all Russians from entering the EU. The politician adheres to a similar position, which was voiced by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
Earlier, Scholz admitted that he could hardly imagine a ban on the issuance of Schengen visas to Russian citizens.
A number of countries are imposing new sanctions against the Russian Federation in response to a special operation carried out by Moscow since February 24 to protect the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR). Its beginning was preceded by the aggravation of the situation in the region, the appeal of the leadership of the Donbass republics to the Russian Federation with a request for help, and the subsequent recognition by Russia of the independence of the DPR and LPR.
Kyiv has been conducting a military operation against the residents of Donbass, who refused to recognize the results of the coup d’état in Ukraine, since 2014.
For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.
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