Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko said that former Estonian President Toomas Hendrix Ilves, who proposed not issuing visas to Russians to European countries, should talk to the Turkish and Greek authorities on the importance of Russian tourists, RIA Novosti reports.
“He should have talked with the leaders of countries such as Turkey and Greece about the importance of tourism and its Russian segment in particular,” Grushko commented.
We will remind, the former President of Estonia Hendrik Ilves called for an end to the issuance of visas to Russians to the EU countries and 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.”
Last week, the Estonian ambassador to Moscow, Margus Laidre, visited the Russian Foreign Ministry. At the same time, the purpose of his visit was not named.
Earlier, the Czech Republic announced the expulsion of 18 employees of the Russian embassy, calling them intelligence officers working under diplomatic cover. In Prague, they claim that Russian special services were involved in the explosion of an ammunition depot in the Czech village of Vrbetice in 2014.
In turn, the press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov told the media that the Kremlin categorically disagrees with the conclusions of the Czech Republic about the involvement of Russian special services in this incident.