The European Union foreign ministers decided to fully suspend a visa facilitation agreement with Russia on Wednesday. This decision makes it harder and more expensive for Russians, the EU’s foreign policy chief said in a statement.
“We agreed on…full suspension of the European Union-Russia visa facilitation agreement,” he told a news conference at the end of a two-day meeting of foreign ministers in Prague.
“This will significantly reduce the number of new visas issued by the EU member states. It’s going to be more difficult, it’s going to take longer.”
Attendants divulged that the EU ministers were not able to immediately agree on a blanket visa ban for Russian citizens, as members were split on the issue.
Borrell said there had been a substantial increase in border crossings from Russia into neighbouring states since mid-July.
“This has become a security risk for these neighbouring states,” he added. “In addition to that, we have seen many Russians traveling for leisure and shopping as if no war was raging in Ukraine.”