The Czechia at the head of Europe: issuing visas to Russians will only take longer and become more expensive

The Czechia at the head of Europe: issuing visas to Russians will only take longer and become more expensive
The Czechia at the head of Europe: issuing visas to Russians will only take longer and become more expensive

The Czech Republic ran into reality in its efforts at the head of the European Union. Prague’s attempt to cancel tourist visas for Russians throughout the Union was met with opposition at an informal meeting of foreign ministers.

This was to show the Russian population that it is not possible to wage an aggressive war against Ukraine and at the same time drive around Europe and the beaches of the Mediterranean, as if nothing had happened.

Moreover, compared to citizens of other countries, Russians had a significant advantage given the agreement on the simplification of the visa regime. It continued to apply despite the fact that the European Union introduced the toughest economic sanctions against Russia in its history.

The increase in price does not solve anything

Yesterday’s compromise, which canceled the aforementioned agreement on simplified visas, does not mean much for the Russians. It will cost them a visa from thirty-five to eighty euros (that is, about two thousand crowns). It also increases the wait time.

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However, it still applies that Russians will continue to be issued with a Schengen visa, valid almost throughout the Union. So the fact that the Czechia or the Baltic countries will no longer issue tourist visas to Russians is just a gesture. At most, Russians will not be able to travel to Europe via these countries.

About twelve million Schengen visas issued to Russian citizens are currently valid. Since the beginning of the holidays, one million Russians have received visas to the European Union. France, Germany and Hungary opposed the suspension of issuing visas to Russians in Prague on Wednesday.

“I consider it a success that we agreed on a full replacement of the visa agreement, when Russians could obtain Schengen visas in a simplified process,” said Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský, who convened the summit.

Ukraine is disappointed

On the other hand, the head of Ukrainian diplomacy, Dmytro Kuleba, expressed great displeasure, according to whom a compromise is even worse than if nothing had been agreed upon. “I made it clear that Ukraine will no longer accept any half-assed solutions. Freezing the facilitation agreement is a half-hearted solution,” said Kuleba. This is because it maintains the situation when Russia is leading aggression against Ukraine and Russian tourists are having fun in Europe.

The article is in Czech

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