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The European Commission: the EU can not ban the issuance of short-term visas to Russians

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The official representative of the European Commission, Anita Hipper, said that the EU visa code, in principle, does not contain the possibility of stopping the issuance of short-term visas, including for Russian citizens, but each EU country can make decisions on individual cases. According to TASS, she announced this at a briefing in Brussels, answering a question about the calls of individual EU countries to stop issuing short-term visas to Russian citizens.

“The EU Visa Code, which regulates the issuance of short-stay visas, does not provide for the possibility of stopping the issuance of such visas. There are always categories of citizens for whom visas should be issued, for example in humanitarian cases, for family members, journalists or dissidents. However, EU member states can independently study each issue of issuing short-stay visas in a particular situation,” she said.

According to Hipper, the EC “is in contact with EU countries, including those that intend to restrict the issuance of visas, but does not comment on these contacts.”

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The representative of the EC, Ariana Podesta, in turn, noted that the European Commission is ready to consider the issue of imposing new sanctions against Russia, but does not comment on any possible restrictions on the issuance of short-term visas to Russians.

“We have already adopted seven blocks of sanctions against Russia, and we are ready to consider new sanctions. However, the issue of visas is the competence of the EU countries, and we do not comment on individual proposals and future sanctions until they are adopted,” she said.

Earlier, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas supported Helsinki, saying that the authorities of the EU countries should stop issuing entry visas to Russian citizens. According to RIA Novosti, Kallas wrote about this on the social network.

“Stop issuing tourist visas to Russians. Visiting Europe is a privilege, not a human right,” she wrote.

Source: Rosbalt

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