Zelensky: The European Union must not turn into a supermarket for paying Russians

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A new appeal to the member states of the European Union to ban the granting of passport visas to all citizens of Russia was addressed by the Volodymyr Zelenskyin order not to become a “supermarket” for those who pay.

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Its president Ukrainian he hastened to add that this proposal does not concern Russians who need help because they risked their freedom or life by resisting the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“There must be guarantees that Russian murderers or accomplices in state terrorism will not receive Schengen visas”Mr Zelenskiy said in his speech last night, referring to entry visas that allow passport holders to move freely within the Schengen area, which includes 26 countries – including 22 of the 27 EU member states and four non-member states members of the EU.

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“Secondly, we must not destroy the very idea of ​​Europe, of our common European values. Europe must therefore not turn into a supermarket where it does not matter who enters and the main thing is that those who enter simply pay for the goods they buy”.

After all that the occupiers have done in Ukraine, there can be only one attitude towards Russia – as towards a terrorist state. And, by the way, it is from this point of view that the attitude towards the citizens of Russia should be determined. I thank the Czech Republic, the Baltic states and other European countries, which brought the issue of visas for citizens of a terrorist state to the official level of discussion in the European Union. There must be a guarantee that Russian murderers and facilitators of state terror will not use Schengen. One cannot destroy the very idea of ​​Europe, our common European values, that is, one cannot turn Europe into a supermarket where it does not matter who enters. The main thing is that a person simply pays for the goods.

Posted by Volodymyr Zelenskyi on Friday, August 12, 2022

The president of Ukraine proposed to ban the issuance of passport visas to Russians in an interview with the Washington Post newspaper, judging that the inhabitants of this country should isolate themselves from the rest of the world until they change their philosophy.

This proposal of Volodymyr Zelensky has not been embraced by any of the powerful EU countries so far. However, the Ukrainian president said he was encouraged by the support of the Baltic states, former Soviet republics, and the Czech Republic, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the EU. Finland has also come forward.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov appeared to downplay the suggestion made by the Ukrainian president earlier this week, saying “any attempt to isolate the Russians or Russia it is a process without any perspective”.

Source: News Beast

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