Latvia will cancel the simplified travel format for Russians living near the border
Latvia has suspended the agreement with Russia on simplified travel for residents of border areas, which has been in force since 2010. The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicated that Russia closed the consulate in Pskov, which issued visas for them ” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/590xH/media/img/4/87/756592686246874.webp 590w" type="image/webp" >
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From August 1, the agreement between Russia and Latvia on the facilitation of mutual travel between residents of border areas will be suspended, this decision was made by the Latvian government, tv.net reports.
The Latvian Foreign Ministry explained that due to the closure of the Latvian consulate in Pskov by Russia, the issuance of border permits became impossible, this diplomatic mission of the republic was the only one with such powers. The agreement on trips of border residents has been in force since 2010, the issue of its implementation was considered earlier by the commission of the Seimas of Latvia, recommending the Cabinet of Ministers to suspend its operation.
The agreement between the parties was concluded in 2010.
Latvia actually stopped issuing visas to Russians, official Moscow noted, and the Latvian Foreign Ministry called on the entire European Union to join this decision. “I repeat the proposal to introduce a ban on EU tourist visas for [Russian] citizens,” — said Minister Edgars Rinkevics.
The Russian Foreign Ministry announced the decision to close the Pskov consulate of Latvia at the end of April. “Based on the principle of reciprocity, and also taking into account the provision by the authorities of these countries of military assistance to the Kyiv regime and their cover-up of the crimes of Ukrainian nationalists against the civilian population of Donbass and Ukraine,” — the ministry explained the reasons for the decision. All employees of the consulate were declared persona non grata, they were ordered to leave Russia.
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At the end of July, the Latvian State Security Service (SSS) reported on thorough checks of Russians and Belarusians who enter Latvia in order to support a special operation in Ukraine. Particular attention is paid to those foreigners who “publicly display symbols praising” actions of Russian troops in Ukraine, the department noted. At least 41 Russians and 14 Belarusians were denied entry to the republic, the State Security Service specified, without naming the period for which the data were collected.
The LSM portal cited the story of a Latvian citizen named Svetlana, her husband (a citizen of Russia with residence permit in Latvia) upon his return from Russia, he was forced to sign a document condemning the actions of Russian forces in Ukraine.
The Russian Foreign Ministry condemned this practice and protested to Dace Rutke, Chargé d'Affaires of the Republic of Latvia. “A strong protest was expressed to her and a corresponding note was handed over to her about the provocative actions of the Latvian law enforcement agencies,” — said in the message of the ministry.
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