you have no idea what’s going on in their social media right now

“You can’t imagine what is happening on social networks in Russia right now, how everyone is reacting – everyone here, Nazis, fascists, and Hitler don’t do that, but the Baltic countries do, we will find a way to enter Schengen, etc.

According to the reaction, it can be seen that this is the most effective decision that has been made since the beginning of the war”, – he asserted in the program “Dienos kastos” of “Zinių radio” program.

According to the criteria approved by the Government, Lithuanian border guards will continue to allow Russian diplomats, dissidents, employees of transport companies, family members of EU citizens, as well as Russians with residence permits or long-term national visas from Schengen countries. By the way, they will continue to be able to travel to and from the Kaliningrad region by transit trains through Lithuania.

The ban on the entry of Russian citizens is provided for in the resolution adopted by the Seimas regarding the declaration of a state of emergency on the border between Russia and Belarus. It will be valid at least until December 16 inclusive.

“I completely agree with the position of our state. This is absolutely a good solution. He is needed now. All Russian citizens must bear responsibility for this war. We cannot stop Putin. Russian citizens can and have.

Russian citizens must understand that the entire nation bears the responsibility for this war and the first thing that must be accepted is that it will no longer be possible to enter the EU and the Schengen area so easily,” asserted a Russian living in Lithuania.

According to him, the change would benefit even more if it were adopted by the whole EU.

“I really don’t like the position of other EU countries. We – Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland – show that we are a country with eggs. And the Italians, the French, the Germans are trying to cut that tail in pieces. We have been cutting it in pieces since 2014, and where is the result?

I think that this decision will affect the Russian society much more strongly than all others, including sanctions, put together,” said V. Vorontsov.

The interviewer pointed out that, although it is said that the ban on the entry of Russian citizens through the external borders of the EU will not be very effective, since most of them do not travel and do not even have passports, the focus here should not be on this group of people at all.

“You know, those who do not have foreign passports do not influence the state. It is those Russian citizens who have foreign passports, houses in Spain or somewhere else, who make the current decisions. It is precisely such people that our solution affects,” he assured.

Sees gaps in disunity

V. Vorontsov criticized German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s remarks that Russian citizens should not be held responsible for what their government does.

“Perhaps I will say it very harshly, but why did the whole German nation answer for what Hitler did after the Second World War? I respect the chancellor, but I think that he thinks first of all about the Russian speakers who live in Germany, who are voters and can vote for his party in the next elections. It doesn’t have to be.

We have to think about the threats that come from the current Putin regime. We must fight that threat by any means necessary. In general, the EU and Schengen countries must ban the issuing of tourist visas to Russian citizens,” the man explained.

A Russian living in Lithuania regretted that the non-unified position of the EU opens many loopholes in the new ban.

“The Russians use that. I’m watching the situation now, how people are reacting. Everyone goes to Finland and then from Finland they either fly with AirBaltic via Riga, or via Vilnius, or take a ferry to Tallinn and then go from Tallinn. The same situation, a very popular route is Moscow-Istanbul, followed by Spain, Italy, France.

We have to show our rigor. Estonia must not allow people with Russian visas to enter the territory of Estonia. We need to put the same controls on our internal walls.

If we decide that there should be such an order, we must fulfill our decision”, said V. Voroncovas.

18 Russian citizens have already been denied entry

During the first day, after the Baltic countries and Poland began to apply a stricter procedure for the entry of Russian citizens, a total of 18 persons have not yet been admitted to Lithuania.

As Giedrius Mišutis, representative of the State Border Guard Service (VSAT), informed BNS, at 4 p.m. according to data, approximately equal numbers of Russian citizens have been denied entry to both the Lithuanian-Russian and Lithuanian-Belarusian border checkpoints since midnight on Monday.

At that time, Latvian border guards informed that they had not made a single decision not to admit Russian citizens, while Estonian officials reported that they had not admitted up to ten persons. Polish border guards did not provide statistics.

According to Lithuanian Interior Minister Agnė Bilotaitė, the decision not to admit Russian citizens was “dictated by the interests of national security”.

“Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine continues and even three-quarters of Russian citizens support the war in Ukraine, and such persons who seek to harm our security and the security of EU neighboring states are also among those arriving in Lithuania.

These threats pose a risk to the interests of national security, which forms the basis for stricter individual screening of arriving Russian citizens,” said the minister.

According to A. Bilotaitė, it is expected that this will act as a deterrent so that Russian citizens who do not meet the criteria set by the Government do not try to enter the country. She noted that such a decision is being considered to apply to Belarusian citizens as well.

VSAT officials, refusing to admit a Russian citizen who does not meet the criteria to the territory of Lithuania, will have the right to cancel or cancel his visa.

According to VSAT head Rustam Lyubayev, officials can admit Russian citizens who have come to a relative’s funeral, for example, or in some other cases on humanitarian grounds, but in each of them it is necessary to provide evidence, identified documents.

Only holders of D-type long-term visas are admitted to Lithuania, at that time holders of C-type visas, which previously allowed them to stay in Lithuania for 90 days a year, can no longer cross the border.

Those who want to prove that they are being persecuted by the Russian authorities must submit a summons to the court, its order, or similar documents from the police, information disseminated in the public space is also suitable.

“It is planned that the border guards will also assess the attitude of each arriving citizen to the war in Ukraine, this will also be one of the arguments with the help of which a decision would be made on whether or not to admit a person,” he asserted.

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