The corresponding threat was expressed by these parties in a joint statement, which was seen by The Financial Times newspaper. In it, the countries demanded that the European Commission (EC) propose joint “visa measures” to help “restrict the flow of Russian citizens to the EU and the Schengen area”.
“Until appropriate EU-wide measures are in place, we will consider the possibility of adopting temporary national measures to address public security concerns related to increased flows of Russian citizens at our borders,” the statement said.
It is estimated that around 700,000 people have already arrived in these five countries since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24. Russian citizens. Many of them are tourists going to other countries in Western Europe through the territories of these states.
“In our view, this could turn into a serious threat to public security,” added the statement from Poland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which emphasized the need to continue to apply exemptions to dissidents, including for humanitarian purposes.
Travel restrictions for Russian citizens will be discussed at the meeting of EU foreign ministers on Wednesday. The countries of the bloc are very divided on this issue.