Borrel questioned the EU’s support for a complete ban on issuing visas to Russians

Borrel: a complete ban on issuing visas to Russians will not find unanimous support in the EU for visas to Europe:

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrel, doubted that the proposal to ban the issuance of visas to Russians would receive unanimous support in the EU. He stated this in an interview with the Austrian TV channel ORF TV, writes Reuters.

In his opinion, this idea will not receive the necessary unanimity at the upcoming meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in the Czech Republic. Borrel also expressed doubt that “severing relations with the civilian population of Russia will help.”

At the same time, the head of the European Diplomacy acknowledged the need to revise the way some Russians receive visas. “We have to be more selective. But I am not in favor of stopping the issuance of visas to all Russians,” he stressed.

Earlier, the Financial Times newspaper reported that EU foreign ministers intend to support the idea of suspending the simplified visa regime agreement with Russia.

On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of a special military operation in the Donbas. After that, many Western countries reacted to this with tough sanctions against Russian individuals and legal entities.