Poland wants complete ban on entry into EU for Russian citizens

2 September, 04:59 PM
Mateusz Moravetskyi (Photo:REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

Mateusz Moravetskyi (Photo:REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

Poland unequivocally advocates a complete ban on the entry of Russian citizens into the territory of the European Union, the RMF24 radio station quoted Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki as saying on Sept. 2.

According to Morawiecki, “a war is underway on our eastern border, so the Russian aggressor must suffer the consequences.”

“I cannot imagine such a situation that there is a war going on in Ukraine, heinous crimes are being committed by the Russian army, because all this is done with the consent, knowledge, and even the Kremlin’s instigation,” Morawiecki said.

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“Meanwhile, Russian citizens can enter the EU as if nothing has happened.”

According to the Polish prime minister, the family of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov is “having fun” on Greek beaches.

“There are many examples,” he said.

“This is something deeply inappropriate, so Poland is trying to point out to our European partners the inappropriateness of this situation.”

Morawiecki said the EU should be in full solidarity with Ukraine.

He added the EU should issue only humanitarian visas and visas for those who sincerely oppose the Putin regime.

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 the simplified procedures for issuing visas to Russian citizens was accepted as a compromise.

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

The issue has risked splitting the EU, with the countries of the bloc bordering Russia highly enthusiastic about banning all visits by Russian tourists, while countries further to the west opposed to the idea.

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