US lifts Russian visa ban

Holding all Russians accountable for Kremlin’s actions in Ukraine is not a productive move, says John Kirby

Washington will not limit visas for all Russians as punishment for Russia’s actions in Ukraine, John Kirby, strategic communications coordinator for the United States National Security Council, said in an interview with the television network. Dozhd published on Saturday.

The United States has introduced visa restrictions for individual Russians it considers to be “supporters of the regime” said Kirby. However, Washington does not believe that ‘Hold all Russians accountable’ is a productive measure, because the decisions of the United States must not turn into a war with all the Russian people.

It is not the Russian people who should be blamed, but “President [Vladimir] Putin and his cabinet, he explained.

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EU suspends visa deal with Russia

On August 31, the foreign ministers of the 27 EU countries decided to suspend the visa facilitation agreement with Russia, which means reducing the number of visas issued and making it more difficult to obtain them. Details remain unclear, but it is certain that the introduction of the ban will lead to more difficult, longer and more expensive procedures for Russians to obtain a Schengen visa.

Russia sent troops to Ukraine in late February, citing kyiv’s failure to implement the Minsk Accords, intended to give Donetsk and Luhansk regions special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that kyiv’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to save time and “to create powerful armed forces.”

In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbas republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked.


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