Estonia proposes to close EU borders for Russian citizens

Estonia proposes to close EU borders for Russian citizens

Estonia will offer to close European borders for Russians. This was announced on the air of the Estonian radio station Vikerraadio by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Estonia Urmas Reinsalu. At the end of August, he is scheduled to meet with foreign ministers of other EU states in Prague. On it, Reinsalu will present a plan for pan-European restrictions for Russians.

Estonia proposes to close EU borders for Russian citizens

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Despite the suspension of tourist visas by Estonia, Russians still enter the country on visas of other states, noted head of the Estonian Foreign Ministry. With the lifting of COVID restrictions in Russia, the flow of Russians passing through checkpoints in Estonia, Finland and Latvia has increased significantly.

Reinsalu urged other EU countries to stop “staggering across the border.” According to him, the issuance of tourist visas to Russians “is unthinkable in wartime.”

In addition to a pan-European ban, Estonia proposes to introduce restrictions at the national level, the Foreign Minister said. He cited Latvia as an example, where border guards asked entering Russians to sign a document condemning Russia's war against Ukraine. “This principle could also be taken as a basis for obtaining Estonian citizenship through naturalization,” Reinsalu added.