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EU complicates travel rules for Russians, but baulks at visa ban

The EU was too divided to agree at this stage on a blanket ban, and also left unclear what measures Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Finland could take to restrict access to Russian visitors

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EU foreign ministers on Wednesday decided to make it more expensive and lengthier for Russians to obtain visas to travel to the bloc but stopped short of agreeing to the EU-wide visa ban that Ukraine and several member states had called for.

The EU was too divided to agree at this stage on a blanket ban, and also left unclear what unilateral measures Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Finland, which have land borders with Russia, could take to restrict access to Russian visitors.

These five countries welcomed the suspension of Russia's visa facilitation deal as a step in the right direction but

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First Published: Aug 31 2022 | 11:37 PM IST

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