According to the speaker of the State Duma, the Russians “have someone to visit,” since 80% of the world's population does not support sanctions against Moscow. He also called for creating conditions for travel and recreation at home
Europe will lose €21 billion in case of restrictions on the entry of Russians, the speaker of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin believes.
for their own stupidity and ignorance, they punish themselves,»,— he wrote in Telegram.
The parliamentarian urged to create conditions for travel and recreation in Russia. In addition, 80% of the world's population, he said, do not support sanctions against Moscow. “There is someone to go to visit,” & mdash; Volodin added.
In early August, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russians should “live in their own world until they change their philosophy” and urged the West to close the borders to them. “This can only be viewed negatively. Any such proposals have no prospects. Their scent is also not very good,»,— the Kremlin said in response.
After that, the Baltic countries, Poland, the Czech Republic, Finland and some others advocated a ban on issuing visas to Russian tourists. At the end of August, an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers will be held in Prague, where they will discuss visa restrictions, said Anita Hipper, representative of the European Commission.
She previously explained that the EU visa code “does not provide for the possibility of stopping the issuance of such visas”, but each individual country has the right to take certain measures on its own.
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The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, did not support the proposal of some countries to ban the issuance of visas to Russians, calling it “not the best idea.” According to him, the EU should not let oligarchs in, but there are “many Russians who want to flee the country because they don’t want to live in such a situation.”
Estonia has already stopped letting Russians into its previously issued visas. Finland has also announced that it will reduce the number of applications processed per day by a factor of ten from September. Other countries also introduced a number of restrictions.
The Russian Foreign Ministry called the initiative of European countries to ban Schengen visas “discriminatory” and did not rule out that European countries could go for it.
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