EU Russia: Bloc toughens visa regime but no ban

European Union foreign ministers have agreed to suspend a visa agreement with Moscow, making it harder for Russian citizens to obtain entry to the bloc.

Ukraine and some member states had called for a blanket ban, but others like France and Germany were opposed.

More than a million Russian citizens have travelled to the EU since the invasion of Ukraine in February.

Several eastern EU countries which border Russia are expected to impose further restrictions.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Glushko said the EU was “shooting itself in the foot” and the move would not go unanswered.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba criticised the decision as a “half-measure”.

“With regard to Russia [this] is exactly what led to the large-scale invasion of February 24th,” he said.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the substantial increase in border crossings from Russia made it necessary to suspend the agreement.

“This has become a security risk for these neighbouring states,”…

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