Russians who leave their country will not receive a Czech visa

Russians who leave their country will not receive a Czech visa

Russians leaving their country for fear of mobilization are not eligible for a humanitarian visa in the Czech Republic. This was announced by Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský on Thursday (September 22).

This statement, picked up by the Czech press agency, follows Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of partial mobilization in Russia, which has led to an increase in outbound travel from the country.

The Czech Republic was the first European Union member country to ban tourist visas for Russians after the war began in February, and the humanitarian visa is the only type of visa still available for exceptional cases. People fighting against the Kremlin regime or human rights activists can particularly benefit from this.

On Thursday, the European Commission said it was up to each member state to decide whether or not to admit people from Russia to its territory.

Unlike the Czech Republic, Germany will welcome Russians leaving their country, ministers confirmed on Thursday.

On the other hand, the Baltic states reiterate that they will not grant asylum to Russians fleeing military mobilization.

Finnish Defense Minister Antti Kaikkonen said the mobilization announced by Vladimir Putin warranted a tighter European policy on Russian visas. At the moment, the Finnish border remains the only border in the Union that is partially open to the Russians.

“We should grant them asylum. Safe for them and for us. And subject to clear conviction [Vladimir] Putin and the Current Russian Regime »international relations analyst Vladimír Votápek said on Twitter.

“Personally, I’m not in favor of the idea of ​​actively helping Russians escape the country, but a Russian soldier who is a refugee is better than a Russian soldier on the front lines. The very fact that there will be thousands of deserters is actually a real revolution.”Czech MEP Michaela Šojdrová of the EPP told EURACTIV Czech Republic.

In her opinion, the deserters’ families will understand why their fathers are fleeing. “Russian citizens need to understand who is [Vladimir] Putin and how far he took them. You yourself must rebel and clean up, restore freedom and democracy.”believes the MEP.

Reference: www.euractiv.fr

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