Putin: Lavrov will probably be angry with me

According to V. Putin, Russia will not allow Western countries’ decisions to be imposed on it. In addition, it is said that there is no need to do anything that does not correspond to the interests of the state.

“We will not allow anyone to impose some decisions on us. Their arms are short. But in this area we must not do something that is against our interests. Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov will probably be angry with me. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs always works on the mirror principle. He spat, and we immediately have to respond with spit and so on. Visas will no longer be issued to us, so we must stop issuing them.

There is no need to do anything that is not in our best interest. We are interested in young people coming to us and learning. We are interested in business coming to us and developing its activities, despite all the restrictions. We will not terminate these contacts. And those who do so are not isolating us, but themselves,” he stated.

This is a completely different rhetoric than the one that sounded at the end of August. The Kremlin then warned that it would respond if the European Union responded to Russia aggression in Ukrainewill make it difficult for Russians to travel to the bloc.

“We know that Europeans have different opinions on this issue. We will keep a close eye on this. This is a very serious decision that can be directed against our citizens,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

“Of course, such decisions cannot go unanswered,” he said.

“Step by step, Brussels and individual European capitals are demonstrating a complete lack of common sense… Unfortunately, this set of irrationality bordering on madness allows us to discuss such decisions,” D. Peskov added.

The European Commission on Tuesday outlined new obstacles that travelers from Russia who want to get European Union (EU) visas will face. These are the latest punitive measures taken in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Ministers of the EU member states agreed last week to suspend the 2007 The EU-Russia agreement on simplified visa issuance, although it did not support a total travel ban, and asked Brussels to draw up new rules. On Tuesday, EU Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson unveiled the proposed new regime, which is expected to receive immediate approval from member state capitals in the coming days.

Russians applying for visas to enter the Schengen area – the 22 EU member states plus Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein – will now pay a fee of 85 euros instead of 35 euros. The standard processing time for such a request will be extended from 10 to 15 days, and in some cases the review will take up to 45 days. Multiple entry visas will be limited. From now on, applicants will have to submit more documents to support their application.

The European Commission will also propose that EU countries refuse to recognize Russian passports issued in the occupied regions of Ukraine, which Moscow is trying to annex. “It should not be easy for Russians to enter the European Union, and it is not a human right to travel to the EU as a tourist,” Johansson said, promising greater security checks.

“Russia continues to violate international law with illegal military actions, perpetrating atrocities against Ukrainians and undermining the security and stability of Europe and the world,” she said. – Today’s proposal shows a strong and united EU response. We will soon issue additional guidelines that will ensure stricter controls on visa applications and border crossings for Russian citizens.”

Last week, Kremlin spokesman D. Peskov admitted that the EU’s decision would make life difficult for Russian travelers and condemned “another ridiculous decision in a series of absurdities.”

Some EU countries bordering Russia – Finland, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – have started tightening border controls and demanding a complete ban on visas. However, France and Germany insisted that continued ties between private Russian citizens and democratic societies remain valuable, and EU ministers reached a compromise decision to suspend visa facilitation.

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