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August 31, 2022 4:55 pmby The Kyiv Independent news desk

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Aug. 31 that the EU would suspend a visa agreement on easing visa issuance instead of a full visa ban due to a lack of unanimity among EU countries. The suspension will remove preferential treatment for Russians when applying for all EU visas and as a result, require more documentation and waiting times while making them more expensive. Eastern and Nordic countries strongly back a tourism ban, while Germany and France said it would be counter-productive because ordinary Russians should still be allowed access to the West.

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