Zelensky’s words about the responsibility of “all Russians” for the events in Ukraine remove questions “about the nature of Ukrainian power,” Medvedev said. Previously, Zelensky called the isolation of Russians in Russia the only way to “influence Putin” “image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/1200xH/media/img/8/01/756600267967018.webp 1200w" type="image/webp" media="(min-resolution: 192dpi) " >
Deputy head of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev compared the words of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky about the “responsibility of all Russians” for what is happening in Ukraine with the ideas that “Hitler tried to implement.” He wrote about it in Telegram.
“The main Ukrainian clown proposed to “call the entire population of Russia to account.” The last time Adolf Hitler tried to implement such ideas in relation to an entire nation. Are there any more questions about the nature of Ukrainian power?»— wrote Medvedev.
The day before, Zelensky, in an interview with The Washington Post, said that Western countries should ban all Russians from entering their territory. In his opinion, the Russians need to be isolated from the world, as they are responsible for what is happening in Ukraine.
“Then they will understand. They will say, “This has nothing to do with us. The entire population cannot be held responsible, can they?” Maybe. The population has chosen this government,»,— Zelensky said.
According to him, all previously imposed sanctions against Russia are “weak”; compared to closing the borders for Russian citizens for one year and a complete embargo on the purchase of Russian energy. “You are telling the whole world that it must live by your rules. Then go and live there yourself. This is the only way to influence [Russian President Vladimir] Putin,” — considers the President of Ukraine.
Estonia and Latvia supported the ban on issuing entry visas to Russians. Latvia has already announced the suspension of issuing visas to Russians for an indefinite period. The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs earlier initiated a discussion of a ban on issuing visas to Russians at the level of the entire European Union.
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The issue of banning visas for Russian citizens is also being discussed in Finland, where the leading Finnish parties supported this initiative.
The idea also found support among the population, more than half of the participants in a survey organized by the local TV and radio company Yle supported it. When asked whether Finland should stop issuing entry permits to Russian citizens, 58% of the respondents answered positively, 24% voted in favor of continuing the issuance of permits, and another 18% of citizens found it difficult to answer.
< p>The European Commission previously ruled out a complete cessation of issuing visas to Russians, as this is contrary to EU standards. “There are always groups of people who need to be given visas. These are humanitarian cases, family members [of EU citizens], journalists and dissidents,— The European Commission said in response to a request from the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat about the possibility of stopping the issuance of tourist visas to Russian citizens.
At the same time, Brussels recalled that the association countries have the right to decide independently whether to issue a visa to enter the country or not. Members of an association must consider whether the arrival of a tourist would threaten national security, public order or international relations. If this is the case, then a particular candidate may be denied entry.
The issuance of short-term Schengen visas to Russians for one reason or another has already been restricted by the visa centers of Belgium, Malta, the Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Estonia.
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