Lithuania’s President, Gitanas Nauseda, has urged EU neighbours to smile and bear the financial penalties of stricter border controls on Russian residents.
It comes as Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Latvia and Poland mentioned they need to impose more durable visa restrictions on Russian residents if no EU-wide ban is agreed upon.
EU overseas ministers this week agreed to freeze a visa settlement with Moscow that made it simpler for Russian residents to acquire Schengen visas.
“I completely perceive there are nations that, for comprehensible causes, don’t need to quit a chance to earn cash. However…it‘s a short-sighted viewpoint – to earn cash from an aggressor nation by which the vast majority of the inhabitants assist aggression,” mentioned Lithuania president Gitanas Nauseda.
Lithuania’s overseas minister, Gabrielius Landsbergis, revealed on Thursday that Russian residents had crossed the Lithuanian border over one-hundred and thirty thousand occasions, and that over twelve-million Russian nationals who maintain Schengen visas are nonetheless eligible to enter the bloc. He mentioned this poses not only a safety problem, however an ethical one, too.
The 5 nations will now maintain talks on a regional answer to bar entry to some visa-holding Russians, beginning subsequent week.