According to yesterday’s GYMNICH, the majority of member states, including Cyprus, opposed the complete abolition/ban of issuing visas to Russian citizens, the Cypriot Ministry of Foreign Affairs states in a statement.
In the same announcement it is emphasized that instead, there was consensus in principle for the suspension of the existing agreement with Russia for the granting of facilities in the issuance of visas to Russian citizens (Visa Facilitation Agreement). This does not entail a visa ban. However, it is expected to make the visa process more demanding. EU member states continue to retain the right to review visa applications from Russian citizens, which they can of course approve or reject.
Discussions within the relevant EU bodies are expected to begin in the near future to examine how to implement the decision, the relevant announcement concludes.
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