Zelensky issues warning to the EU
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky raised alarm bells in a brutal warning to the European Union, as he claims Russia is “sending killers” to the bloc. The EU first considered a full EU visa ban on Russian tourists but eventually adopted suspending a visa travel deal with Moscow. However, President Zelensky warned the EU is falling short of what should be done to prevent the influx of Russian “killers.”
After raising the moral issue of issuing that visa ban, President Zelensky said: “It is also a matter of elementary security.
“Russia has repeatedly sent killers to Europe under the guise of ordinary tourists.
“They have already admired enough the spire in Salisbury, German streets and warehouses with weapons in the Czech Republic.
“Enough! Europe is not a place for promenade for murderers and those who support them.”
He went on to thank the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen for suspending the simplified visa regime currently in force between Brussels and Moscow. But he regretted the bloc failed to move forward with a “complete” visa ban.
President Zelensky said: “Of course, this is not yet a complete visa ban.
“But this already demonstrates to the citizens of the terrorist state that they bear certain moral responsibility for their state’s aggression against Ukraine and the whole of Europe.
“There is such a situation now when it’s inadmissible to remain silent. And it is inadmissible not to oppose terror.”
“It is absolutely unacceptable that European territory can be used for tourism or shopping by those who at home, in Russia, not only support the split and mockery of Europe but also work for it,” President Zelensky said.
“And it cannot be taken lightly that Russian propagandists can still stay in European countries, lie daily in reports and broadcasts from European capitals.
“Lie about Europe! Humiliate Europe!” President Zelensky erupted. “And at the same time be in Europe – an absurdity that must be stopped immediately.”
The EU’s 27 foreign ministers agreed to suspend the 2007 visa facilitation agreement with Moscow, which makes it relatively easy for Russians to obtain travel documents.
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There was a “substantial increase of border crossings” from Russia into the EU since mid-July, the EU’s Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell said, describing it as “a security risk for the neighbouring states.”
“We have seen many Russians travelling for leisure and shopping as if no war was raging in Ukraine,” Mr Borrell said. “Member states considered that we are not business as usual. It cannot be business as usual.”
Baltic States – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuanian – are planning to limit land crossings by mid-September to complicate access for Russians with Schengen visas.
Up to 12 million Russians currently have Schengen visas and can freely travel inside the Schengen travel area in the European Union.
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