The European Union suspends the preferential visa with Russia

The European Union announced the suspension of the preferential visa with Russia as part of the sanctions, and Moscow pledged to respond in a way that would not harm its interests and allow Europeans to enter Russia to learn about its civilization with their own eyes.

In accordance with this decision, the cost of a short-term Schengen visa for Russian citizens will increase from 35 euros to 80 euros, and the period for issuing this visa will be extended to 45 days.

The EU countries will also expand the powers to refuse to issue visas, issue them with complex conditions or issue single-entry visas instead of multiple-entry ones.

The European Union has allowed member states to impose additional restrictions on the entry of Russians, up to the abolition of valid visas at the border for security reasons.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said earlier that Russia would respond to such moves in a way that would not harm its interests and allow Europeans to enter Russia to learn about its civilization with their own eyes.

Source: mk.ru

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