FT reported on the EU’s plans to support the suspension of the visa agreement with Russia

Financial Times: EU Foreign Ministers will support the suspension of the visa agreement with Russiafor visas to Europe:

The Foreign Ministers of the European Union (EU) intend to support the idea of suspending the simplified visa regime agreement with Russia. This is reported by the Financial Times newspaper, citing sources.

As European officials involved in the negotiations on this issue told FT, political support for such a decision will be expressed during a two-day meeting that will begin in the Czech capital on August 30.

This is inappropriate when Russian tourists are walking around our cities, along our shores. Source Financial Times in the EU, if the decision to suspend the current agreement is made, Russians applying for a visa from EU member states will have to collect more documents.

In addition, the deadline for consideration of applications will be increased, and the cost of submitting such an application will increase from 35 to 80 euros.

A controversial initiative debate over the issuance of Schengen visas to Russians has flared up in Western countries after Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky proposed banning Russians from entering Western countries.

At the same time, the Ukrainian leader expressed the opinion that this measure should also apply to those Russians who left the country in protest against the military operation.

This population has chosen this government, and they do not fight with it, do not argue with it, do not shout at the non-president of Ukraine, which countries supported this proposal.

In particular, on August 11, Estonia announced a ban on entry for Russian citizens with Schengen visas issued by the republic. In addition, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis called on the EU to unanimously cancel visas for Russians. The initiative was also supported by the Czech Parliament.

At the same time, not everyone approved the idea of introducing an entry ban for Russians. The head of diplomacy of the European Union, Josep Borrel, said that he does not support a complete ban on the issuance of Schengen visas to Russians. He called the initiative very controversial and expressed the opinion that it is necessary to “act more selectively.” France and Germany, as well as Greece, spoke out against restricting the issuance of visas to Russians.

A la carte tour.In Russia, the demand for foreign tours for bank cards has sharply increased. Where is it most profitable to get them?April 9, 2022reaction of Russia In turn, Deputy Director of the Department and Press of the Russian Foreign Ministry Ivan Nechaev called such an initiative politically motivated discrimination of Russian citizens on the basis of national origin.

He also warned that such steps will not remain without a proper reaction from the Russian side.

The head of the Defense Committee of the Federation Council Viktor Bondarev expressed the opinion that the EU countries themselves are narrowing their economic potential, which could increase from interaction with Russia.

But at the expense of what the Europeans will cover the deficit of their national budgets, if the tourism industry also loses an important source, — the big question is, Viktor Bondarev, Head of the Defense Committee of the Federation Council, Permanent Representative of Russia to the EU Vladimir Chizhov noted that Moscow hopes that common sense in the European Union countries will not allow the idea of not issuing Schengen visas to Russian citizens to be realized.

The percentage of visa refusals has increased Against the background of the situation in Ukraine, there is an increase in the number of refusals to Russian citizens to issue entry documents in Finland.

According to the head of the consular department of the country’s Foreign Ministry, Jussi Tanner, Finland has become ten times more likely to refuse to issue Schengen visas to Russians, every eighth application is rejected.

Passport of the non-returnee.100 years ago, Russian emigrants began to be issued special documents. Why were they remembered again?On July 5, 2022, it is also known that the Polish authorities have become less likely to issue Schengen visas to Russians against the background of the situation in Ukraine.

The number of entry documents approved by the consular institutions of the republic has decreased by more than three times since the end of February. Italy also reported an increase in the share of refusals. So, in the period from January to March 2022, 4.6 percent of applications were not approved, from April to June — 8.4 percent.

At the same time, in popular European countries, including Greece and Germany, the number of refusals to issue Schengen visas to Russians has not increased since the beginning of this year.