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Lithuania urges EU-wide tourist visa ban for Russians

18.08.2022 11:43
Lithuania’s foreign minister has called on European Union member states to stop issuing tourist visas to Russian citizens.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis.PAP/Mateusz Marek

The appeal came after fellow Baltic nation Estonia moved to bar Russians with tourist visas from entering the country.

"It’d be perfect if the whole EU made a decision to rescind the visas, and no one would be issuing them any longer," Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said on Wednesday.

He warned that Russian citizens could easily find their way around the ban unless other EU countries followed suit, Polish state news agency PAP reported.

Last week, the Czech Republic, which is presiding over the EU until the end of the year, said that a Europe-wide ban could be imposed on tourist visas for Russians to complement the existing set of sanctions against Moscow, according to the PAP news agency.


Source: PAP