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Visa restrictions for Russians ‘absolutely justified’: Polish Deputy FM

19.09.2022 13:10
A Polish deputy foreign minister has said that new restrictions imposed by Poland and the Baltic states on the entry of Russian citizens through their borders are “absolutely justified.”
Marcin Przydacz
Marcin PrzydaczMSZ/Twitter

Marcin Przydacz made the statement in an interview with the PAP news agency on Monday.

The deputy foreign minister said: “Since a vast majority of Russians support Vladimir Putin’s actions in Ukraine, then I believe that such decisions, restricting the ability to travel, are absolutely justified.”

Poland, Baltics impose visa restrictions for Russian citizens

Earlier this month, Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Lithuania’s Ingrida Šimonytė, Latvia’s Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš and Estonia’s Kaja Kallas signed an agreement to turn away most Russians seeking to enter the European Union's passport-free Schengen area "for tourism, cultural, sporting or business purposes," from September 19, Poland's Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW) think tank has reported. 

They called the influx of tourists from Russia a “serious threat” to national security amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

Przydacz noted that the new restrictions on travel would not apply to Russian dissidents and people holding humanitarian visas, for instance. 

The deputy foreign minister stated that “especially after what the world has seen in recent days, namely photographs from the exhumations in Izyum, which confirm that yet again war crimes have likely been committed, such means of putting pressure on the Russian Federation should be implemented.” 

Monday is day 208 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


Source: PAPbankier.pl