The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, said that the presence of a Schengen visa does not guarantee Russians entry to the EU countries.
As an example of this approach, he cited the United States, where "the presence of a visa is not a guarantee of entry."
He clarified that such a decision was made by the foreign ministers of the EU countries at a meeting in Prague on August 30-31. At the same time, the European Union is not going to introduce a complete ban on issuing visas to Russian citizens, because "it should not fence itself off from civil society," the politician added.
As a result of the meeting, the Foreign Ministers of European states agreed to cancel the simplified regime for issuing visas to Russians. This will lead to an increase in the cost of the procedure from 35 euros to 80 euros, an increase in the package of documents for submitting an application and the terms for considering an application.
Additionally, EU countries can introduce their own visa restrictions at the national level - the Baltic States, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland and Denmark have already done so.