Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov @Wikimedia Commons
That Kremlin has warned it will react if the European Union makes it harder for Russians to travel to the bloc as part of moves to support Ukraine. The idea of banning Russian tourists in Europe has divided them EU Countries, some of which fully support him and others fear he will shut the door on Russian dissidents fleeing abroad.
EU Foreign ministers will discuss the issue during a two-day meeting in Prague today. “We know that there are different opinions on this subject among Europeans. We will follow this topic closely. This is a very serious decision that can go against our citizens,” Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “Of course, such decisions cannot go unanswered,” he said. “Step by step, Brussels and individual European capitals are demonstrating an absolute unreasonableness… This mixture of irrationality bordering on madness makes such decisions (on Visas) to discuss‘ added Peskov.
In response to the Russian offensive against pro-Western troops, Brussels imposed a series of unprecedented sanctions on Moscow Ukraine that started on February 24th. the EU has already been suspended Visas for Russian official delegations and business leaders, but short-stay visitors are allowed to travel within the bloc. Even though Ukraine has called for a total ban on Russian tourists EUa symbolic suspension of the agreement, making it easier to apply Visas, is expected. Russian tourists use Schengen Visaswhich are generally valid in the 26th EU and associated countries, including Switzerland and Norway. That Visas usually allow a stay of up to 90 days within 180 days.
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