EU in consensus on sanctions against Russia
Foreign ministers of European Union countries held a two-day meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday in Prague. The main topic of their discussion in this meeting was the decision not to issue visas to Russian citizens.
France and Germany directly objected to it. This created a division in the union.
However, at the end of the talks, the countries reached a political consensus on not giving visas to Russians or making it difficult to give them visas.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell gave this information at a press conference after the meeting.
He said, due to such a decision, the visa issue of Russians in the EU countries will decrease significantly.
However, before this decision was made, many countries made it difficult to issue visas to Russians.
Joseph Borrell said it was a political decision. Now a Council of Europe must give its consent to all member states.
The EU’s foreign policy chief Borrell said Russian travel to neighboring countries had increased significantly since mid-July. Because of this, the security of these countries is under threat.
He also said, “We saw many Russians coming to travel and shop, as if there was no war in Ukraine.” It cannot be a simple matter.