The Minister of International Affairs of Lithuania, Gabrielius Landsbergis, has stated that round 12 million nationals of Russia presently maintain legitimate Schengen visas.
Involved concerning the regional safety of the European Union, Gabrielius Landsbergis stated after the two-day assembly held in Prague that thousands and thousands of residents of Russia who maintain legitimate Schengen visas are “an issue” not just for the neighbouring nations of Russia however for the opposite ones too, SchengenVisaInfo.com studies.
Contemplating the excessive variety of Russians with Schengen visas in addition to the border crossings made by them since February 24, Landsbergis, together with the international ministers of Estonia, Latvia, and Poland, stated that they’re contemplating introducing a visa ban on a nationwide stage or restrict the border crossings by Russians.
The Minister defined that by introducing stricter restrictions, Lithuania and the opposite Baltic States in addition to Poland wish to create extra safety within the areas, as, in line with them, the excessive variety of border crossing from Russia might turn out to be a critical risk to the general public safety of every EU nation.
“Through the discussions, we managed to persuade all EU nations that thousands and thousands of Russian residents with Schengen visas are an issue not just for the nations bordering Russia, but additionally for the regional safety of the EU. Along with Estonia, Latvia, and Poland, within the coming weeks, we are going to search to seek out options that may considerably restrict the circulate of Russian vacationers,” Landsbergis said.
The EU international minister agreed on August 31 to droop the visa facilitation settlement with Russia. Nonetheless, such a measure has not been seen as enough by the Baltic States and Poland.
The Minister of International Affairs of Estonia, Urmas Reinsalu, stated that the suspension of the visa facilitation settlement alone is just not sufficient.
Nevertheless, he identified that even when they determined to impose a visa ban on the nationwide stage, Estonia would nonetheless allow entry for nationals of Russia coming into for humanitarian causes. Opposition members and protesters will even proceed to be permitted entry to Estonia.
Earlier in August, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that round a million Russian nationals entered the EU by way of land border crossing factors from February 24 till August 22. Based on the European Border and Coast Guard Company (Frontex), most Russians who entered the EU throughout this era held legitimate Schengen visas, twin citizenship, or residence permits.
Knowledge supplied by Frontex present that Finland registered the best variety of border crossings made by Russians. From February 24 till August 22, Finland recorded 328,185 common entries.
Estonia, Poland, and Latvia additionally recorded a excessive variety of authorized entries of nationwide of Russia.