EU stops the EU-Russia visa agreement

31 August, 05:00 PM
Head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell (Photo:REUTERS/ Johanna Geron)

Head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell (Photo:REUTERS/ Johanna Geron)

EU foreign ministers reached an agreement to completely stop the simplified procedure for issuing visas to citizens of  Russia, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, said on Aug.31.

“We have seen a substantial increase of border crossings from Russia into neighboring states,” Borrell said on Twitter.

“This is becoming a security risk. We therefore agree today with EU Foreign Ministers on Full Suspension of the EU-Russia visa facilitation agreement.”

Earlier, Ukrainian authorities called for the complete EU visa ban on all Russians. While a complete ban was not implemented, due to the resistance of some EU member states, the end of simplified procedures was accepted as a compromise.

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Ukrainian authorities called the EU decision –  "the least that can be done to make Russians feel their involvement in this war."

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