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The measure, demanded by the Ukrainian authorities, divides the EU. European sanctions must be adopted unanimously by the Twenty-Seven.

A total ban on Russian visas by all EU member states could be another very effective sanction against Russia, Mr. Lipavsky alleged. The Minister will sound out his counterparts at an informal meeting at the end of August in Prague.

In this period of Russian aggression, which the Kremlin continues to intensify, there can be no question of tourism as usual for Russian citizens.he argued.

The Czech minister must however convince the head of European diplomacy, the Spaniard Josep Borrell, who chairs the councils of foreign affairs and defense ministers. Proposals for sanctions are one of its prerogatives.

We cannot currently deny entry to people with a visa from another Schengen country. We are looking for optionsEstonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas recently pointed out, supporting a blanket ban.

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Finland is also advocating for a European decision, as the country’s legislation does not allow a total ban on visas based on nationality. An important transit country for Russians, it wants to reduce tourist visas, Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said in early August.

Reluctance

However, the Commission does not hide its reservations about a measure that would penalize all Russian nationals, and it insists on the need to protect dissidents, journalists and families.

Member States have a significant margin for issuing visas for short stays and they examine applications on a case-by-case basis on their meritsrecalled one of its spokespersons.

The Russians overwhelmingly support the war, applaud the missile strikes on Ukrainian cities and the murders of Ukrainians. So let Russian tourists enjoy Russiasaid the head of Ukrainian diplomacy, Dmytro Kouleba, in a message on Twitter.

The Czech Republic stopped issuing visas to Russians on February 25, the day after Russia invaded Ukraine.

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L’EU adopted six sets of sanctions against Moscow, including a halt to its purchases of coal and oil.

It has also added more than a thousand Russians, including President Vladimir Putin and many oligarchs, to its blacklist of those banned from entering and has restricted the issuance of short-stay visas for officials linked to the regime since the end of from February.

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