The Baltic countries and Poland won’t allow Russian tourists with Schengen visas in, Estonia’s foreign minister said
Two weeks from now, Russian nationals with Schengen visas issued by any EU country will not be allowed to enter Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania.
Effective September 19, the ban will be in effect. “It applies to Russians with visas from Estonia or other EU countries. From the same moment, a ban will also be implemented by Poland, Lithuania and Latvia.,” he told a press conference in Tallinn, Estonia’s capital.
“Don’t come to Estonia with Schengen visas, you are not welcome here,” the minister added, apparently addressing Russian citizens.
The minister said that these new restrictions will only apply to tourists who are traveling for family reasons or humanitarian reasons.
Meanwhile, Dmitry Lyskov, the head of press service of the government of Kaliningrad Region, a Russian exclave nestled between Lithuania, Poland and the Baltic Sea, blasted the crackdown as “an exercise in genocide.”
This is the Polish and Baltic nations’ move after the EU Commission supported the proposal to suspend the visa facilitation agreement between Moscow and Moscow. It will make Russian citizens travel more costly and less easy to Russia.
Some EU countries including Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and the Czech Republic had stopped issuing visas to Russian citizens a while back.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, prior to Reinsalu’s announcement, Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled that Moscow would not respond in a tit-for-tat way by imposing visa restrictions on foreign citizens, saying that it would be contrary to the country’s national interests. He said that foreign businesspeople and students would also be welcome to visit Russia.
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