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9 August, 08:28 PM

Estonian PM calls on EU to deny visas to Russian citizens

The EU should immediately stop issuing entry visas to Russian citizens, Estonian PM Kaja Kallas said in a Twitter post on Aug. 9.

Kallas said entry into the EU was “a privilege, not a human right,” suggesting that the bloc is under no obligation to allow Russian citizens in.

“Air travel from Russia is shut down,” said Kallas.

“It means while Schengen countries issue visas, the neighbors of Russia carry the burden (Finland, Estonia, and Latvia, as sole access points). Time to end tourism from Russia now.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy earlier urged the EU to do the same, saying that “only then they (the Russians) would understand.”

“They say: ‘we have nothing to do with this war,” Zelenskyy said in an interview with the Washington Post.

“The entire population could hardly be held responsible, they argue. But they could. The population elected this government and isn’t opposing it, isn’t arguing with it, isn’t shouting at it... This is the only way to influence (Russian dictator Vladimir) Putin.”

Ukraine suspended visa-free travel for Russian citizens on July 1.

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