The government of Latvia has decided to restrict entry to the country for Russian citizens with Schengen visas starting from Sept. 19, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs tweeted on Sept. 16.
The diplomat explained such measures by Russian aggression against Ukraine and “security considerations.”
“Russians, don’t try to cross the border, we’re not waiting for you here, stop the war against Ukraine and get out of this beautiful country,” Rinkēvičs tweeted.
Several EU members have previously limited tourist visa issuance to Russian citizens, pointing out that “visiting Europe is a privilege, not a right.”
The EU agreed to suspend a treaty that simplified and expedited visa issuance to Russian citizens, starting on Sept. 12. From now on, Russians will find that getting a EU visa will be more expensive, take longer, and require more documents for the application.
While the bloc has refused to issue a blanket ban on visas for Russia – chiefly due to German and French objections – Poland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania said they will “take national steps” to limit the number of Russian citizens they admit.