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EU nation pledges to welcome Russians

The course of will likely be extra difficult now, however Hungary will proceed to situation Schengen visas to Russians, the international minister stated

Hungary will proceed issuing Schengen visas to Russian residents, regardless of the method turning into extra difficult, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto stated on Friday. 

In an interview with TASS information company, Szijjarto defined that the latest suspension of a visa facilitation settlement with Moscow by the EU doesn’t imply a visa ban.

“There was no decision that we should stop issuing Schengen visas to Russians,” Szijjarto stated.

The minister admitted that the absence of the visa facilitation settlement makes granting visas “a more complicated and slightly longer procedure” than when such an settlement existed.

“But if there’s none, this doesn’t imply that we don’t situation visas. Of course, we’ll proceed issuing visas in accordance with the process,” the minister stated.

Szijjarto’s remarks got here the identical day his Finnish colleague, Pekka Haavisto, introduced a ban on entry for Russians with vacationer visas, no matter whether or not these visas had been issued by Finland or by every other Schengen nation.

Helsinki’s resolution adopted a pointy enhance within the circulate of Russian residents to Finland amid an ongoing partial mobilization of reservists in Russia.

In response to Moscow’s army offensive in Ukraine, a number of EU states imposed numerous visa restrictions on Russian residents, whereas three Baltic states and Poland have closed their borders to all Russians with short-stay Schengen visas.

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