The head of the EU Council considered it necessary to open borders for Russian emigrants
Earlier, Germany said about the openness to receive Russians leaving their country due to the announcement of mobilization. At the same time, Russian citizens are almost unable to enter the EU: four out of six border countries have closed entry for Russians jpg 673w” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
Russians who want to leave Russia should be able to enter the European Union, said EU Council President Charles Michel in an interview with Politico.
According to Michel, after the announcement of partial mobilization in the country The EU must show “openness to those who do not want to be an instrument of the Kremlin.”
“The European Union [should] accept those who are at risk because of their political opinions. If people in Russia are in danger because of their political beliefs because they don't follow this crazy decision of the Kremlin to start this [special operation] in Ukraine, we have to take that into account,” — Michelle thinks.
He indicated that he was ready to start consultations in the EU to find a solution on this issue. According to Politico, Michel's words came on the eve of the meeting of EU ambassadors in the framework of the EU's Integrated Response to the Political Crisis (IPCR), where urgent decisions are made against the backdrop of the crisis.
In early September The European Union has suspended the simplified visa regime with Russia, which has led to an increase in the visa fee by more than two times, an increase in the time for issuing visas, and the need to provide additional documents. In addition, most of the EU countries bordering Russia — Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland— Russians have been banned from entering since September 19.
Finland, after the start of partial mobilization in Russia, also announced its intention to close the border. If this decision comes into force, only the border with Norway will remain open. The only border crossing is located in the Murmansk region. Direct flights to Europe were canceled at the beginning of the special operation due to the closure of the airspace.
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< p> Not all EU countries opposed the reception of Russians. So, Germany said it was open to Russians who want to leave the country after the announcement of partial mobilization. Berlin clarified that it is working on agreeing with partners in the EU on actions for the phased admission of such people. It was reported that the European Commission will discuss the issue of issuing humanitarian visas to Russians against the backdrop of mobilization.
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