Apr 18, 2021
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Ex-President of Estonia urged not to issue Russians visas to EU countries

Former President of Estonia Hendrik Ilves called for an end to the issuance of visas to Russians to the EU countries.

“Probably, a temporary ban on all visits from Russia is needed, I am talking about any visits,” he wrote in his microblog on Twitter.

Ilves recalled that before the reunification of Crimea with Russia, the issue of simplifying entry into the EU for Russian citizens was discussed. According to him, the Russians “arrogantly demanded a visa-free regime.”

The politician called for a freeze on all visas, except for emergency cases in the family, to ensure the safety of Europe. However, he admitted that such a step would negatively affect ordinary people.

Earlier it was reported that the Estonian ambassador to Moscow Margus Laidre visited the Russian Foreign Ministry. At the same time, the purpose of his visit was not named.

Prior to that, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during a telephone conversation with Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets, drew attention to the problem of discrimination against the Russian-speaking population in the republic.

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