Stopping visas to Russian citizens or at least reducing the number of visas issued to them has been the subject of discussion in many member states in recent weeks, and the Danish government is also considering the measure.
According to local daily Politiken, the Danish government wants to reduce the number of tourist visas granted to Russians in the wake of the situation in Ukraine, Schengen Visa Information Network Report.
Danish Integration Minister Kore Dyubvad pointed out that the problem requires a joint European solution.
“Estonia’s proposal is sound. Create a pan-European response. It is clear that if there is only one country in Europe that Russians can enter, then in principle the entire Schengen area can be entered. That is why it needs to be done within the EU,” He says.
Danish Foreign Minister Jepe Kufd also noted that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s call for EU member states to close borders to Russian nationals could happen soon.
He also said his administration was open to discussing various proposals for sanctions against Russia with his European and North American counterparts.
After discussion, Estonia becomes the first European country to ban entry to Russian citizens holding Schengen visas, The decision took effect on August 18. At the same time, the restrictions introduced by the government apply to Russian citizens on Schengen visas issued by Estonia and not to visas issued by other countries of the Schengen Agreement.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis also noted that the restrictions imposed on Russian nationals would have a greater impact if approved at the community level.
The discussion about banning Russian citizens from entering the Schengen countries comes after Ukraine’s president on August 8 called on Western countries to apply the measure to Russians, saying Russians should “live in their own world until they change their minds” “.
Two days later, a proposal to reduce the number of Schengen visas issued to Russian citizens was submitted for discussion in the European Union.
However, The United Nations (UN) opposes Estonia’s decision, It is said that the Estonian government discriminates against Russian citizens, although each country has the right to adopt its own visa policy.
Russian media also recently revealed that the country is processing an increasing number of visa applications, as the application rate has increased by 40 percent in recent weeks. This is especially true after Estonian authorities stopped issuing visas to Russian nationals.