Russian authorities have accused the European Union (EU) of discrimination against ordinary Russian citizens, following the EU's recent clarifications on the ban on importing goods from Russia. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed concern over a series of measures taken by the EU, including a direct air travel ban, tightened visa rules, and now, clarifications on sanctions, making it increasingly difficult for Russians to enter the EU. The Ministry has stated that these actions suggest the EU is aiming to create barriers to people-to-people contacts.
"We view this as a deliberate action by the European Commission aimed at introducing legal ambiguity and a blatant provocation of the EU member states to step up discrimination against Russians based on their nationality," the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs commented.
In response to these developments, the Ministry has advised all Russian citizens planning to visit the EU to carefully assess the risks and follow the rules to avoid any inconveniences.
The European Commission recently confirmed that Russians are prohibited from bringing many personal items when traveling to the EU, including personal cars, smartphones, soaps, and even toilet paper. This ban extends to all vehicles with Russian license plates, regardless of the duration of their stay in the EU.
Following the Commission's clarifications, Estonia and Finland have introduced entry restrictions for Russians. Estonia, effective since September 13, no longer permits entry for vehicles with Russian license plates, including private vehicles and company transport operations. The Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Margus Tsahkna, emphasized that Russians are not welcome to enjoy the privileges of freedom in the country.
Similarly, Finland has implemented an entry ban for all cars with Russian-registered license plates. This decision aligns with the Commission's clarifications and applies to everyone except EU citizens permanently residing in Russia, diplomats, and those traveling for humanitarian purposes.
These developments reflect the increasing tensions and restrictions affecting travel and relations between Russia and the EU.
By fLEXI tEAM