The heads of relevant committees of the Czech Parliament proposed to limit the issuance of visas for Russians at the European level. The deputy chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee noted that the measure should not affect “dissenting Russians” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
The European Union should suspend the issuance of Schengen visas to Russian citizens, said Pavel Fischer, chairman of the Czech Senate committee on foreign affairs, defense and security, and Marek Zhenisek, head of the House of Representatives foreign affairs committee, Denník N.
« I would be very unhappy if we limited the ability to leave the country for Russians who want to leave the regime because they do not agree with it, — said, in turn, the deputy chairman of the head of the committee on foreign affairs, Yaroslav Bzhokh.
About a week ago, on August 12, a similar proposal was put forward by the head of the Czech Foreign Ministry, Jan Lipavsky. He explained that the people of Russia should understand “that such a militant policy has consequences.” The Czech Republic now holds the presidency of the EU Council, a pan-European visa suspension will be proposed by Prague at a meeting of foreign ministers, the minister said. It is scheduled for August 31st.
The Czech Republic became the first EU country to suspend the issuance of visas and residence permits to Russians, it should be resumed at the end of March next year. Official Prague explained that they made such a decision to protect the interests in the foreign policy of the Czech Republic in connection with the Russian military operation in Ukraine and to put pressure on Moscow.
An exception was made only for trips with a humanitarian purpose and for those who have a residence permit. Also, the restrictions did not affect the issuance of short-term visas to family members of Czech or EU citizens for accompaniment, the issuance of long-term visas and residence permits, if the stay of persons applying for them “meets the interests of the Czech Republic”.
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The European Commission warned that the EU could not stop issuing visas to Russians, such a measure is not provided for by the visa code of the association. “There are always categories of citizens for whom visas should be issued, for example, in humanitarian cases, for family members, journalists or dissidents,” — explained the representative of the EC Anita Hipper. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz noted that the extension of sanctions to innocent people would make the measures taken less effective
The Russian Foreign Ministry did not rule out that the EU countries would reach a consensus on this issue. The ministry promised to give an answer if such “discriminatory decisions” were made.