EU ministers to study call for ban on Russian tourists

BRUSSELS, 30 August 2022, (TON): EU foreign ministers are to discuss this week an appeal led by Ukraine to ban Russian tourists from visiting Europe.

The idea, to be studied in a two-day meeting starting Tuesday in Prague, has divided EU nations, with some wholeheartedly agreeing with it while others resist, fearing it would shut the door on dissident Russians fleeing their homeland.

Some EU countries neighboring Russia have already moved to bar or limit visas to Russians, but no EU-wide ban is as yet in place.

In February, the European Union restricted visas in certain categories for Russians linked to the Kremlin, including for officials, diplomatic passport holders and company bosses. But tourist visas were still permitted.

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