The six-month-old war in Ukraine remains a top priority for EU foreign policy
Visa restrictions for Russians top the agenda at Tuesday’s meeting of foreign ministers
Several EU countries have been training Ukrainian troops for some time
Praha EU defense and foreign ministers meeting in Prague this week to discuss options for setting up military training centers for Ukrainian forces in EU countries, as well as implementing measures such as visa restrictions for Russian tourists from some member states. is to do. proposals may also be considered. Several EU countries have been training Ukrainian troops for some time now. In which mainly they are being taught to use weapons of western countries. What Western countries are giving Ukraine to help in the fight against Russian aggression.
According to the news agency Reuters, the six-month war in Ukraine has become a priority for the EU’s foreign policy. When its foreign ministers meet in Prague on Tuesday, a proposed visa ban for Russians will be at the top of their agenda. The Czech Republic, which currently presides over the European Union, is pushing for an EU-wide ban on visa restrictions for Russian tourists. It is mainly supported by the Baltic countries. However, Germany and some other member states are against such moves. They argue that it could cut off escape routes for Russian dissidents.
Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Gabrielus Landsbergis said that Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Finland, which share borders with Russia, will have their own plans to restrict Russian tourists if the EU does not agree on a visa ban for Russians. can take steps. According to Landsbergis, since direct flights between Russia and the European Union were suspended after Moscow’s attack on Ukraine, most Russians enter the EU through the land borders of these five countries.
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In mid-August, Estonia closed its borders to more than 50,000 Russians, despite previously issued visas. It is the first EU country to do so. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier this month called on Western countries to impose a complete travel ban on Russians. Which was strongly opposed by Moscow.
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First Published: 29 August 2022, 12:33 IST