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EU Commissioner: 'Russian citizens should not have easy access to EU.'

by The Kyiv Independent news desk September 6, 2022 5:38 PM 1 min read
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EU Commission has proposed a full suspension of the Visa Facilitation Agreement with Russia, following the agreement reached by the EU foreign affairs ministers on Aug. 31. Ylva Johansson, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, supported the proposal. "To be a tourist in the EU is not a fundamental right," she added.

Around 1 million Russian citizens have legally entered the EU since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, Bloomberg reports.

Ukrainian officials have been requesting an EU visa ban for Russians for months.

“This is the only way to influence Putin. Because this person has no other fear but fear for his life. And his life depends on whether he is threatened by his internal population or not. Nothing else is threatening to him," President Volodymyr Zelensky told the Washington Post in August.

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