Russians bypass the restrictions and come to Lithuania: the situation may change already in the fall
According to the authorities, the only way to stop this is a general agreement of the European Union, which can be discussed already this autumn, LNK.
After Russia fired its first shots at Ukraine more than five months ago, the Lithuanian authorities immediately took decisive decisions not only by providing aid and assistance to the Ukrainians, but also by imposing sanctions on the aggressor country.
One of the first steps is that Russians are prohibited from traveling and resting in Lithuania with a visa.
“That moral assessment is universal enough. This is a collective responsibility, because this is the regime that, after all, elected the Russian people,” said Giedrius Surplys, Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
It is true that Lithuania is one of the few European Union countries that apply such restrictions. Therefore, Russians with tourist visas can move freely in other countries. After reaching Europe, the Russians can even come to our country.
it is still unclear how many people came from the aggressor country in Lithuania.
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“It is quite difficult to catch individual Russian citizens who come with a Schengen visa from Finland, Italy or somewhere else. For that, the so-called Schengen internal border control should probably be introduced in Lithuania, for example with Poland, Latvia,” explained the vice-chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
despite the restrictions, Lithuania still accepts Russians seeking political asylum. The authorities are waiting for a joint decision of the European Union, which would prohibit Russian citizens from entering the Old Continent.
“First of all, as we have usually done until now, we should look for a European solution. If there was such a decision, Lithuania would, you know, support it. As I have already mentioned, we fully supported and supported all restrictions,” said Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis.
It cannot be that 45 million the nation is being killed, and 140 million the nation – Russia – is pampering itself in Venice, Jūrmala and Palanga at that time.
Finnish politicians are already talking about restrictions for Russian residents to enter the country. During the half year of this year, this country received more than 50 thousand applications for tourist visas. Polls show that more than half of Finnish residents are in favor of not issuing tourist visas to Russian citizens.
According to Emanuel Zinger, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, the European Union may consider a proposal this fall that would ban Russians from traveling freely in the Old Continent.
“We will consider this matter, because it cannot be that 45 million the nation is being killed, and 140 million the nation – Russia – is pampering itself in Venice, Jūrmala and Palanga at that time”, explained E. Zingeris.
With a large flow coming from Russia and the neighboring Baltic countries. Estonia plans to no longer issue temporary residence permits or study visas. Russians crossing the Latvian border are asked to sign a document condemning the Russian war.