“This has become a security risk for these neighbouring states,” he added. “In addition to that, we have seen many Russians traveling for leisure and shopping as if no war was raging in Ukraine.”
He also stressed that member states can already take a number of steps to restrict the entry of Russians, without going into details.
Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky, whose country backs an outright ban on tourism visas, said he saw the suspension of the visa facilitation deal as “the first, important step.”
But Estonia went even further and pledged an outright ban on all Russian citizens attempting to enter the country.
“It takes some time, but I think the timing is also critical, looking at these vast numbers of Russian citizens entering (Estonia),” Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said.
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