Prime Minister of Estonia: we hit Russia in a sore spot

The sharp reaction of the members of the Russian elite to the demands of the European Union to ban the entry of Russians shows that this is an effective measure of sanctions, K. Kallas told Estonian Radio on Friday.

The Estonian government decided on Thursday that from August 18 Russian citizens will no longer be allowed to enter the country with Schengen visas issued by Estonia.

“You have to understand that only 10 percent Russian residents travel abroad, and it is precisely the opinion of these people, mainly from Moscow and St. Petersburg, that is important,” said K. Kall.

As evidence, she cited former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who had personally attacked her in a tweet. “It shows that this is the Achilles’ heel. They are really afraid of this, so it is effective,” said the head of Estonia.

Speaking about entry restrictions and the granting of Schengen visas to Russians, K. Kalls also drew attention to the uneven sharing of the burden.

“Europe has banned flights from Russia to Europe. This means that the only way for Russians to enter Europe is through three countries: Finland, Estonia and Latvia. So it’s really not fair that all the other Schengen countries issue these visas, and the whole burden falls on the three of us,” she said.

Schengen visa provides the opportunity to freely enter and move in 26 European countries.

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