EU flags outside the organization's headquarters in Brussels (file photo) Ukraine and the EU will discuss new sanctions against Russia
Instead of imposing a visa ban, the EU intends to suspend the agreement on a simplified regime for issuing Schengen visas for Russian citizens
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba will take part in an informal meeting of foreign ministers EU Affairs in Prague, which will discuss new sanctions against Moscow and the EU-wide visa ban for Russians.
Ukrainian President Zelensky called for such a ban earlier this month, but so far it found support mainly in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Finland, bordering Russia.
Radio Liberty quoted a Financial Times report citing sources involved in the talks that instead of a visas, the EU will suspend the agreement on a simplified regime for issuing Schengen visas for Russians. A visa will cost 80 euros instead of 35, and the maximum processing time for an application will also increase.
Radio Liberty also quotes a report by Bloomberg that Germany and France will oppose a visa ban for Russian citizens not associated with the Kremlin not to underestimate the transformative power of the experience of living in countries with democratic systems.”
The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Kuleba will travel to Sweden on Monday and visit the Czech Republic on Tuesday as part of Kyiv's efforts to strengthen international support for Ukraine and increased sanctions pressure on Russia.