UK Defense Secy rules out blanket ban on visas for Russians

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LONDON:UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has rejected the thought of ​​a blanket ban on visas for Russians, however insisted “we can toughen up the conditions”.

“I certainly think we can toughen up the conditions of our visas. I am not sure whether an outright ban is the right way,” dpa information company quoted Wallace as saying to the BBC

“I think that’s a matter for the Home Secretary to look at. But I don’t like, and I’m sure none of your listeners like watching oligarchs’ wives or indeed Russian senior officials’ wives enjoying themselves in Greece or south of France , or super yachts around the world while their army is committing war crimes in Ukraine,” he stated.

“I think that is very wrong. I think the problem has been all the way back to 2014, that Russia invaded Crimea, illegally annexed it, and then it was allowed in some countries to carry on as if nothing had really changed.”

Within the wake of Russia’s continued struggle in opposition to Ukraine, a number of European international locations have introduced restrictions on vacationer visas for Russians.

Final week, Estonia introduced that it could cease issuing visas to Russian residents and would bar entry to Russian residents holding Estonian-issued tourism, enterprise, sports activities or tradition visas.

Nonetheless, Russian nationals with a visa issued by one of many different Schengen international locations or who’re already within the Schengen space will nonetheless be capable of enter Estonia.

Whereas Lithuania has already largely suspended issuing visas and residence permits to Russians, Finland can be tightening visa guidelines.

The Czech Republic can be limiting Russian visas and Denmark has referred to as for a European Union (EU)-wide stance on banning vacationer visas for Russians.

Sweden is but to resolve on its stance whereas Norway would assist any joint motion by the EU.

However Germany’ fears limiting visas will forestall refugees from fleeing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime.

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