Think of the dissidents, says Germany’s Scholz on Russian tourist ban

Icelandic Prime Minister Katrin Jacobsdóttir, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stort, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Finnish Prime Minister Sana Marin and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson pose for a photo after the Nordic Prime Ministers’ Meeting in O Muench. Norway August 15, 2022. By Hakon Mosvold Larsen/NTB/REUTERS

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OSLO, Aug 15 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said while there was room for European-level discussion on banning Russian tourists, it was important not to make it difficult for Kremlin opponents to flee Russia.

“What is important for us is that we understand that many people are fleeing Russia because they disagree with the Russian regime,” he said after a meeting with leaders of the Nordic countries in Oslo on Monday.

“All the decisions we make should not make it more complicated to leave the country to get away from the leadership and dictatorship in Russia,” he added.

At the meeting, several European countries, including Finland’s Sana Marin, called for a ban from the European Union to ensure Russian tourists pay fines for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Reporting by Nora Bulley, Writing by Thomas Escritt, Editing by Maria Sheahan

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