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US-imposed restrictions should not harm the Russian people,” Deputy State Department spokesman Vedant Patel said in a telephone briefing.
“On the question of any visa ban: we have made it clear that we want our actions not to harm or have a significant impact on the Russian people, we do not disagree with them on this matter,” — he responded to the appeal of the Ukrainian authorities to the G7 countries; (G7, USA, Germany, Japan, UK, France, Italy and Canada) stop issuing visas to Russians (TASS quote).
On the eve of this appeal to the G7 and the European Union, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba made a tweet on Twitter. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also called in August to close entry to Western countries for Russians. At the same time, during a daily video message on March 24, he advised Russians to leave the country.
Earlier, the State Department emphasized that the US Embassy in Russia does not accept applications for visas, but Russians can apply to diplomatic missions located in other countries. The United States has reduced the number of consular services provided after Moscow banned the embassy from hiring Russians in response to yet another expulsion of Russian diplomats.
Discussions about the possibility of issuing visas to Russians have intensified against the backdrop of a Russian special operation in Ukraine. At first, restrictions in this area began to be introduced by individual countries unilaterally. In particular, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have stopped issuing tourist Schengen visas for Russian citizens.
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The Russian Foreign Ministry, speaking about the idea of European politicians to stop issuing visas to Russians, called it “fruitless”; an attempt to “punish” more strongly Russia and its citizens. The official representative of the department, Maria Zakharova, accused the authors of the initiative of violating the norms of international law from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights regarding freedom of movement.
Western countries have repeatedly emphasized that the sanctions are directed against the Russian leadership. The Russian authorities claim the opposite and believe that they are targeting ordinary citizens.
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