The European Union has applauded this Thursday the “courage” of Russian citizens who protest in the streets against the “partial mobilization” announced by the president, Vladimir Putin, or who flee the country to avoid being called up, despite the fact that the bordering community countries keep their crossings closed. At a press conference in Brussels, the EU foreign spokesman, Peter Stano, stressed that the EU is on the side of the Russians who “bravely and courageously” oppose the Kremlin’s maneuvers.
“This shows that they are expressing their opinion about the actions of the Putin regime in relation to their illegal war,” he stressed. Thus, he has vindicated the attitude of Russian citizens who have demonstrated in about 40 Russian cities, with a balance of more than 1,300 detainees, after Putin’s announcement that he will mobilize reservists for the war in Ukraine. Stano has also spoken out about the men who are leaving Russia for Turkey, Serbia or the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to avoid being called up.
“We feel sympathy for families who fear that their parents, siblings or children will be sent to die in a senseless war,” he said. In any case, the EU countries keep their borders closed to Russia, after agreeing a few weeks ago to put more obstacles to visas for Russian citizens and that the Baltic countries went further to impose stricter control of their land borders.
Asked about the possibility of facilitating the entry of Russians fleeing the country so as not to be called up, the spokeswoman for the Interior of the European Commission, Anitta Hipper, has considered “essential” to have a common approach of the Twenty-seven in this matter and he recalled that European rules allow entry to be refused for reasons of “national security or public order”. Thus, he stressed that border control is the responsibility of the member states of the bloc, although he recalled that according to the Schengen code, the European authorities have the obligation to study the asylum requests that Russian citizens may request.
Germany open to offering asylum
In this sense, the German Minister of the Interior, the Social Democrat Nancy Faeser, was open to offering asylum to Russian defectors, according to statements to the Sunday edition of the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” (FAZ) that advances this publication this Thursday. “Anyone who bravely opposes the regime of President Vladimir Putin and thus puts himself in the greatest danger can apply for asylum in Germany on the grounds of political persecution,” he stated.
He added that “the deserters threatened with strong repression generally receive international protection in Germany”, although he clarified that the granting of asylum is a decision that is taken on a case-by-case basis and that within the framework of the same a control is also carried out. of security. The minister noted that Germany has already been hosting persecuted and threatened Russian dissidents for months, adding that Russia’s increasingly brutal aggression against Ukraine is accompanied by increasingly strong internal repressionespecially against the press, human rights activists and opponents.
The Russian president’s “unlimited contempt for humanity” is not spared even his own soldiers, he said. Meanwhile, the Minister of Justice, the liberal Marco Buschmann, expressed himself on Twitter along the same lines as Faeser. “Apparently, many Russians are leaving their homeland: those who hate Putin’s way and love liberal democracy you are cordially welcome in Germany“, he assured.