Finland has proposed to the EU to include a ban on issuing tourist visas in the list of anti-Russian sanctions, as well as terminate Schengen visas for Russians.
“Finland has proposed that in order to strengthen the unity of the EU, tourist visas should be included in the scope of EU sanctions. Finland considers it important to take steps to achieve a common EU line regarding Russia’s visa restrictions,” the Finnish Foreign Ministry said.
Finland also asked the EU to issue a recommendation to the countries of the Schengen area that they invalidate or cancel the visas of incoming Russians.
“If the visa of a Russian citizen who is refused at the border is canceled or a ban on entry is imposed, visible in the Schengen Information System, other member states may, on the basis of this, prevent a person from entering the country at their own border. This prevents attempts by the same persons to enter the Schengen area through another land border or air route,” the Finnish Foreign Ministry said.
Earlier, the Chancellor of Justice of Finland, Tuomas Pejusti, advised the Cabinet of Ministers of the country not just to impose a ban on the entry of Russians, but also to create appropriate national legislation. In his opinion, it is necessary to form its own legislative framework on sanctions, which would restrict the entry of Russians.
Moreover, earlier, the Prime Minister of Finland, Sanna Marin, called for sanctions against ordinary Russians. The head of the Finnish government, speaking at a press conference in Strasbourg, said that anti-Russian sanctions should affect the daily lives of ordinary Russians. Marin also opposed the presence of Russian tourists in the EU countries. The politician confirmed her commitment to the course of tightening restrictions against Russia.