Latvia Stops Issuing Entry Visas to Russian Citizens

Authorities in Latvia have decided to stop issuing entry visas to citizens of Russia due to the latter’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

According to the Latvian government, authorities in Latvia have suspended the cross-border deal with Russia that was projected to simplify the travel process between both countries for all persons living in border regions.

The government announced that the new changes became effective on August 1, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

The Baltic State government authorities said that the travel agreement had been stopped due to the closure of the Latvian consulate in Russia’s city of Pskov, which has served as the only diplomatic mission that issued documents to Russian citizens as part of the simplified scheme.

Authorities in Latvia have stressed that the decision to suspend such an agreement which has been effective since 2010, was made a few weeks ago, and it officially became effective yesterday, August 1.

In this regard, yesterday, Latvia’s Foreign Minister, Edgars Rinkevics, once again called on other European Union Member States to follow the example of Riga and ban access to all Russian nationals. Furthermore, the Minister also called on the EU to suspend tourist visas for citizens of Russia.

Back in April,  the Baltic State stopped issuing entry visas to citizens and residents of Russia due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In addition, in April, authorities in Latvia announced that the country decided to close two Russian Consulates General and expel their staff members.

Based on the report of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, such a decision has been taken as a response to the war in Ukraine.

Authorities in Latvia emphasized that they condemn Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

“The illegitimate invasion by the Russian Federation and war crimes committed by its troops are a clear violation of the international commitments and obligations of the Russian Federation. Therefore, those who have taken, implemented, and upheld the decisions concerning military aggression and crimes in Ukraine must assume full responsibility,” the statement published by the Ministry back then pointed out.

Regarding the issuance of Schengen visas to Russian citizens, the Commission of the European Union recently emphasized that the EU cannot decide to limit the issuance of Schengen visas to citizens of Russia after the sanctions are imposed on Russian authorities as well as the elite, not including ordinary citizens; however such measures can be taken independently by the EU Member States.

The Commission’s comments came as a response to the request of the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat.

Russia has been subject to harsh restrictions imposed by EU countries due to the unprovoked war in Ukraine.

schengenvisainfo.com

3 comments

  1. “In this regard, yesterday, Latvia’s Foreign Minister, Edgars Rinkevics, once again called on other European Union Member States to follow the example of Riga and ban access to all Russian nationals. Furthermore, the Minister also called on the EU to suspend tourist visas for citizens of Russia.”

    Once again we have the minnows from the EU, showing the big boys what needs to be done. It’s a disgrace that citizens who overwhelmingly support the invasion of Ukraine are allowed into civilised countries.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Nothing good can come from letting in Russian visitors, vacationers, businessmen or spies. It would be best if everyone blocked the RuSSian Nazis and force them to enjoy their own country instead of spreading their filth around the globe.

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