Head of the Senate Foreign Policy Committee , defense and security Pavel Fischer and the head of the Foreign Policy Committee of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament Marek Zhenishek supported the idea of EU countries stopping the issuance of visas to all Russian citizens.
According to Czech Radio, a number of Czech senators and parliamentarians expressed their support for the proposal .
“To request a visa and be able to travel to the Schengen countries is a privilege for citizens of Russia, a country that engages in military aggression and nuclear terrorism at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. It's a shame how much money Russians, whose property may be of criminal origin, spend on luxury goods. in Berlin and Paris.
I also find it shameful that some EU countries still offer large investors from Russia to obtain citizenship or a residence permit. This must stop! By the way, the housing in which they invested in the Czech Republic must be carefully taxed, & ndash; Fischer emphasized.
According to the senator, the restriction of issuing visas to Russians – quite a natural step. Fischer believes that Russians in need of help can seek asylum or international protection from the Czech Republic.
“I've been advocating this for a long time. This was to be one of the first sanctions. It is absurd to support the murder of women and children in Ukraine, and then go to the EU to have fun and laugh at us, how stupid we are, & ndash; Marek Zhenishek commented on the proposal to stop issuing visas.
The head of the European committee of the Czech parliament, Ondrej Benesik, advocated the introduction in the EU of the same regime for issuing visas to Russians that is in force in the Czech Republic. After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Czech Republic completely stopped issuing short-term visas to Russians, with the exception of humanitarian ones.
According to Foreign Minister Jan Lipovsky, the Czech Republic, which holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the current six months, is in favor of stopping the issuance of visas Russians on the EU countries.
This issue will be discussed by EU ministers on August 31 at a meeting in Prague.
Prepared by: Nina Petrovich