The EU will suspend the agreement that makes it easier for Russians to apply for visas

He is quoted by the Reuters news agency.

This measure does not mean an official ban on tourist visas, which some EU countries are calling for of Russia neighbors

But it will complicate the visa process and could slow the flow of Russians to Europe, increasing Moscow’s international isolation.

If the agreement is suspended, Russian citizens would have to pay more for EU visas, and the deadline for issuing visas would also be abolished.

However, EU ministers failed to agree on a complete visa ban because many countries, including Hungary, did not support it, Mr. Szijjarto said.

At the time, Poland and the three Baltic countries said earlier on Wednesday that they were considering not allowing Russian citizens to enter, if the entire Community did not do so.

The bloc’s foreign ministers gathered for two days of informal talks in Prague to discuss limiting visas for Russian tourists in response to Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine. The Czech Republic holds the rotating presidency of the EU this semester.

In a joint statement obtained by the AFP news agency, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which border Russia, said the EU presidency’s proposal to suspend the 2007 visa facilitation agreement between the EU and Russia was a “necessary first step”.

“However, we must drastically limit the number of visas issued, primarily tourist visas, in order to reduce the flow of Russian citizens to the European Union and the Schengen area,” the four countries said in a joint statement.

According to them, this step should include exceptions for “dissidents and other humanitarian cases”.

“Until such measures are introduced at the EU level, we … will consider the possibility of introducing temporary visa ban measures at the national level or restricting border crossings for Russian citizens holding EU visas,” the statement said in English.

Speaking to reporters in Prague on Wednesday, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu called for “banning citizens of the Russian Federation from entering the European Union,” but hinted that the EU may be too slow to do so.

“Time is of the essence, and wasted time is paid for in the blood of Ukrainians,” he said.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said during a visit to Copenhagen on Wednesday that no visas should be issued to Russians “except for humanitarian ones”.

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