Stopping the issuance of Schengen visas for Russians is not legally tenable

Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: No tourist visas for Russians

5 Aug 2022 11:41 am

At a meeting with Ukrainian President Zelenskiy, Estonia’s Foreign Minister Reinsalu suggested that Russians should no longer be issued tourist visas. Reinsalu noted that Russia needs to be further “isolated”.

On Wednesday, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskyy met with Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu in Kyiv. During the meeting, Reinsalu said that issuing tourist visas to Russian citizens should be banned, reports Bloomberg. The measure should be part of the next package of sanctions against Russia. The Estonian Foreign Minister stressed:

“We must increase the cost of Russian aggression through additional sanctions, weapons and increasing Russia’s isolation.”

During the meeting, politicians also discussed a plan to rebuild infrastructure, kindergartens and schools in Ukraine. On August 2, the construction of a kindergarten financed by Estonia in Ovruch (Zhitomir Oblast) began, Zelenskyy explained on Telegram. This is the beginning of the reconstruction of schools and kindergartens in Ukraine.

He further wrote:

“Estonia does not support our sovereignty and territorial integrity with words, but with concrete steps.”

Reinsalu wrote on Twitter that Estonia will continue to help Ukraine in the run-up to winter and build up its military defense capabilities. He added:

“Even despite Russia’s brutal war, we must begin to rebuild Ukraine.”

The Estonian government under Prime Minister Kaja Kallas has actively advocated tough sanctions and military aid to Ukraine and is spending a third of the national defense budget to support Kyiv. Estonia had stopped issuing tourist, work and study visas to Russian citizens since the special operation began on February 24. Individual EU member states, including the Baltic States and the Czech Republic, had also imposed visa restrictions on Russian citizens.

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Source: RT

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