Media: The EU intends to abolish the simplified visa regime for Russian citizens

EU foreign ministers are said to be planning to make such a decision at a meeting in Prague starting on Tuesday.

“It is not appropriate for Russian tourists to walk around our cities and marinas. We need to send a signal to the people of Russia that this war is unacceptable, this is unacceptable,” said a senior EU official.

For Russians, the preferential regime for applying for all EU visas would be abolished, more documents would be required, they would become more expensive and the waiting time would be significantly longer.

“We are in an exceptional situation and it requires exceptional steps,” a senior EU official said, adding that more changes could be made before the end of the year.

However, as the Financial Times points out, there is no consensus in the EU on additional measures that Brussels could take, including reducing the number of EU visas issued to Russians or suspending them altogether.

Finland, Poland and the Baltic states have said they are ready to bar Russians with tourist visas from entering their territory, citing national security exceptions to the Schengen agreement.

“I very much hope to find a common European solution to significantly limit the flow of Russian tourists to Europe,” said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergiswho called the agreement of all EU countries “the most sustainable and legally correct”.

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