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Russian tourists pose ‘security threat’ – Estonia — Analysis

A full visa ban would create more pressure on Moscow in the Ukraine conflict, the Baltic nation’s PM said

Estonian Prime Minster Kaja Kallas stated that Russian tourists entering Europe pose security risks during the Ukraine conflict.  

Estonia has banned Russian tourists since the beginning of this month. Along with other EU countries, Estonia is pushing for bloc-wide restrictions for Russian travellers as part sanctions against Moscow in response to its military intervention in Ukraine.   

“We are bearing the burden really. Problem is, we don’t have the resources to inspect all of them. And we see that they pose a security threat,”Kallas spoke to Sky News Wednesday.    

He said that Russians of ordinary intelligence are not prepared to accept this. “are also responsible for their country’s deeds,”That and more “a visa ban could have an effect so that war would end.”   

“Only 10% of Russian citizens actually travel abroad. They are from Moscow and St. Petersburg, so these people also have influence on the Kremlin’s decisions,”According to the prime minister, the ban has had a negative impact on Russians “would put pressure on the Kremlin.”    

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Some EU nations, including Germany and Hungary oppose the ban on visas. Josep Borrell, the bloc’s top diplomat, said on Monday that the doors should not be shut to Russians who do not support the Kremlin’s position.

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