EU under pressure to close borders to Russian tourists: “Visiting Europe is a privilege”

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It may become more difficult for Russians to holiday in Europe in the coming years. Several European countries are urging the EU to close their borders to Russian tourists.

Finland, Estonia, the Czech Republic, and Ukraine are among the initiators of the ban on entry to Europe for Russian tourists, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reports. Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland have already tightened visa rules dramatically.

“Visiting Europe is a privilege, not a human right,” Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

The Prime Ministers of the Czech Republic and Finland also support the call, KyivPost reported on Twitter.

“It is not right that Russians can live a normal life, travel in Europe, and be tourists,” Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin noted.

Now the countries are asking the EU to decide on the issue.

According to the head of Communications at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tuva Bogsnes, Norway is following the discussions. 

“Norway works to ensure that like-minded countries stand together as much as possible,” she said.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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2 Comments on "EU under pressure to close borders to Russian tourists: “Visiting Europe is a privilege”"

  1. During and after World War 1, the Western Allies demonized and scapegoated and ostracized German people like this, and how did that turn out?
    Answer: World War 2.
    Only this time the target people is a very alienated angry defensive nuclear superpower.

    Other articles about this I have read indicate Russians may have their permanent residencies in these countries revoked. Will this mean the breakup of families?

    Such cases should be treated individually – as national security cases – not blindly/categorically.

    And just look at these border/buffer states trying to find another way to be in the Russians’ faces.
    To what end??

    • Vernon Childers | 12. August 2022 at 17:41 | Reply

      Good comment Lou.

      Wow! Talk about painting everyone with a broad brush. Mom and Dad are bad apples so the children must be bad as well. All to be collectively punished. All this does is alienate the Russian population and make them dig in more deeply for support of their government.

      Let’s see, I met a Finnish family who was very rude so all Finns must be rude. Talk about tribal. No wonder people are at each other’s throats.

      The whole concept is childish.

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