“The main message spread was that Lithuania is an insignificant and undemocratic state whose sole purpose in the European Union is to spread Russophobia. It was explained that the rights of Russian speakers are being violated in the Baltic countries. As always, propagandists use the manipulation of facts, seek to undermine and humiliate not only Lithuania, but other Baltic countries as well,” the analysts point out.
According to them, various politicians and the spokeswoman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation spoke about limiting the issuance of tourist visas to Russian citizens. Maria Zakharova. Political scientists note that in this way the aim is to divert attention from the topic of the war in Ukraine caused by Russia.
“They mislead their own citizens with the content they publish, in order to gain more support for the regime and to incite hatred towards the Baltic states. It is also important to note that Kremlin in the information space is making great efforts to divert people’s attention from the topic of the War in Ukraine,” they note.
ELTA reminds that, after the Kremlin’s forces invaded Ukraine, Lithuania was one of the first EU countries to restrict the issuance of new Schengen and national visas to Russian citizens. Currently, citizens of Russia can enter the territory of Lithuania after receiving a humanitarian visa from another country Schengen areas of the state or, if they received a different type of visa before February 24. – the first day of the war in Ukraine.
Until recently, after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called on the EU countries to ban the issuance of visas to Russian citizens, Finland also limited the issuance of tourist visas to Russian citizens by 90 percent, and Latvia and Estonia no longer issue them at all. The Czech Republic, which currently holds the EU presidency, said the ban could complement sanctions against Moscow.
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