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Following a two-day informal meeting in Prague, the European foreign ministers have reached political consensus to fully suspend the visa facilitation agreement between the European Union and Russia.

 

The EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said in a news conference following the meeting that this decision “will significantly reduce the number of new visas issued by the EU member states” given that the process would become more difficult and take longer.

 

Relations between EU and Russia have been severely strained since the commencement of the Russia-Ukraine war. The EU usually can apply visa restrictions as a form of sanction to deter countries from committing actions they consider inappropriate. Such actions could include war, military coups and flawed democratic and electoral processes.

 

Source: The Skuup