The EU Council did not include Russia in the new list of countries with which the EU will open its borders in the near future.
The third in a row list of countries with which European states are recommended to open external borders, was published on July 30 on the EU website. It includes Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, as well as China, subject to confirmation of reciprocity in the issue of opening the borders. At the same time, Algeria was excluded from the list.
This list is reviewed every two weeks. The European Union takes into account indicators such as the number of new cases of coronavirus, the trend of stabilization or decline in the incidence, as well as opportunities to counter COVID-19, including testing, contact tracing, treatment and providing statistics over the past two weeks.
On the eve of the media, referring to a source in the delegation of one of the countries of the alliance in the Council of the EU, reported that the European Union does not intend to open borders with the Russian Federation yet.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that it is difficult to name the timing of opening the borders of European countries for Russians. According to the Russian leader, today foreign countries cannot understand each other in resolving this issue.