In Finland, they decided that a split in the EU is possible. For the sake of this, the authorities of this state submitted a cunning idea: to deprive Russian citizens of the opportunity to enter Europe by abolishing Schengen visas, journalists of Moskovsky Komsomolets write. This was warned by the ex-head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country, Erkki Tuomioja.
Many states that are members of the EU, in fact, are very painfully experiencing their own initiative. Closing the border for the Russian Federation is strongly supported only on the periphery of Europe – in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, the Czech Republic, Romania, and also in the Netherlands. The giants of the EU categorically disagree with this decision. Germany actively opposes this initiative. The following EU countries continue, as if nothing had happened, to issue Schengen to Russians: Austria, Hungary, Greece, Spain, Italy, Norway, Slovenia, France, Sweden, Switzerland.
Analysts are now speculating that the outer iron curtain that some European countries wanted to lower has jammed. For example, Finland has already adjusted its position. According to the current Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, now we are talking not about a ban, but about a restriction – Russians will be able to apply for a visa only on one day of the week.