The Latvian embassy in Moscow made an exception just for these attending the funeral of an in depth relative
The Latvian embassy in Russia introduced on Thursday that it had stopped accepting visa functions from Russian residents “for an indefinite interval.”
The diplomatic mission mentioned in a tweet that the one exception could be made for many who utilized for entry “to attend the funeral of an in depth relative.” An identical announcement was posted on the web site of the Latvian visa middle in Moscow.
Its spokesperson instructed RIA Novosti on Friday that issuing visas had been suspended the day earlier than.
Latvian authorities haven’t specified the explanations behind the choice, however the transfer tightens different measures imposed on Russian residents within the spring after Moscow launched its navy offensive towards Ukraine.
On the time, Riga introduced that it could cease processing all vacationer visas. Nevertheless, Russians have been nonetheless allowed to use for long-term employment and journalist visas, in addition to to request entry on humanitarian grounds. Comparable restrictions have been imposed by another EU member states, similar to Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and the Czech Republic.
On Thursday, Latvian information outlet Delfi reported that the federal government of Latvia deliberate to comply with a suggestion by the State Safety Service and make visa candidates from Russia and Belarus topic to some further safety background checks.
On July 30, Latvian International Minister Edgars Rinkevics referred to as for an EU-wide ban on issuing vacationer visas for Russians.
His Estonian colleague, Urmas Reinsalu, went even additional by reportedly proposing a complete EU visa ban for the residents of Russia. In line with Bloomberg, Reinsalu hopes to see the measure within the subsequent bundle of EU sanctions and has already mentioned it with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky.
Poland has beforehand additionally thought of doing this, however, in a current remark for Deutsche Welle, Germany’s overseas ministry mentioned that the issuance of Schengen visas might be stopped solely on the idea of consensus amongst all Schengen international locations, and, in the intervening time, there isn’t any such choice.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, commenting in July on Schengen visa ban proposals, mentioned that Moscow hoped the EU would present frequent sense. Nevertheless, he didn’t rule out “actions of an emotional nature.”
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