- Ukraine has called on foreign countries to ban Russian tourists from visiting their countries.
- Ukrainian officials say this may be the most effective way to end the war.
- 6 months ago Russia invaded Ukraine.
Ukraine urges EU and G7 to ban Russian travelers to stop Russian aggression NBC News Reported.
The call has received mixed reactions from various countries, with some opposing the idea of a visa ban for ordinary Russians, NBC News reported.
“We’re not talking about punishment, we’re talking about preventive measures that are aimed at ending the war,” Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Rensalu told NBC News. “The right to enter any particular country is not a human right.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has previously called for a ban on Russian tourists The Washington Post Earlier this month that “the most important restriction is to close the border – because the Russians are taking away someone else’s land.”
has been More than six months Since Russia invaded Ukraine.
in one op-ed Earlier this week, Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, said the ban on Russian tourists, business people and students “would be an appropriate response to Russia’s genocidal war of aggression.”
“But why allow ordinary Russians?” Some ask. Because the majority of them support this war, enjoy the killing of Ukrainian civilians, applaud missile attacks on Ukrainian cities and deny Russian war crimes,” Kuleba said.
Countries like Germany and the US have opposed the imposition of visa bans on ordinary Russians.
“This is not the Russians’ war, but Putin’s,” said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Politico.
Reuters A State Department spokesman said the U.S. “does not want to close the avenues of asylum and safety for Russian dissidents or others vulnerable to human rights abuses.”
“We have also made it clear that it is important to draw a line between the actions of the Russian government and its policies in Ukraine and the people of Russia,” the spokesman added.
Poland and Finland have come out in support of banning Russian tourists, NBC News reported. Finland has also said it will reduce the number of visas it grants to Russians from next month. Reuters Reported.