Foreign Ministry urged not to rule out “seemingly improbable scenarios” with Schengen

Department Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Volynkin allowed the termination of the issuance of Schengen visas to Russians The department does not exclude the possibility that the Russians will stop issuing Schengen visas. The ministry also noted the “degradation” of consular relations urged not to rule out “seemingly improbable scenarios” with Schengen” />

The Russian Foreign Ministry is monitoring the statements and actions of Europe regarding the issuance of Schengen visas to Russians and does not exclude the possibility of its termination, said Ivan, director of the consular department, in an interview with TASS Volynkin.

He pointed out that the ministry records “calls coming from Europe” that come from “odious politicians or public figures”; Russophobes". But besides the statements, there are also specific actions: for example, there was a “virtually complete suspension of the issuance of visas to Russian citizens in the consular offices of Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic and Estonia located in Russia,” the diplomat noted.

“In in the event of a radical degradation of consular ties with other countries— members of the Schengen Agreement, even seemingly improbable scenarios cannot be ruled out,— warned Volynkin.

After the start of the special operation in Ukraine, several countries at once issued a call to stop issuing visas to Russian citizens. Thus, the Belgian Minister for Refugees, Sammy Mahdi, said that the European Union should consider stopping the issuance of all types of visas to Russian citizens, since “at the moment, Russians are not welcome here.” Later, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki made a similar statement.

Some states immediately moved from calls to action: they suspended the issuance of visas to Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and the Czech Republic. The latter decided to temporarily stop issuing residence permits, and in June Prague extended the restrictions until 2023. In July, the idea of ​​suspending the issuance of visas was supported by the Finnish Parliament.

At the same time, after the removal of COVID travel restrictions from both Europe and Russia, Russians have an increased demand for visas to the EU. In mid-July, one and a half month queues arose at the visa centers for the issuance of entry documents. At the same time, experts interviewed by RBC noted that the demand was superimposed on the lack of employees of visa centers.

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