“Specific decisions regarding visa policy are partly in the hands of the member states, as well as the case-by-case assessment of asylum claims,” said Peter Stano.
EU member states will need to develop a common approach to entry requests from Russian citizens fleeing their country because of the war in Ukraine, the European Commission said today.
Asked about this during today’s press briefing, the representative of the Commission for Internal Affairs, Anita Hipperstated that it is a “unprecedented context” and security concerns as well as geopolitical concerns should be taken into account.
He added, however, that “it is important to develop a common approach with member states” and that “all visa applications should be assessed on a case-by-case basis” and take account of fundamental rights law and the asylum process. He also mentioned that the Commission is in close contact with the member states to prepare the next steps.
For his part, the representative responsible for foreign policy issues, Peter Stano, said that after his statements Russian Presidentdemonstrations took place in 40 Russian cities and over 1300 citizens were detained.
At the same time, he said that Russian citizens are leaving their country through the legal route, either by train or by car crossing the border to Turkey, or Serbia, or even the United Arab Emirates.
He also stressed that the EU stands in solidarity with Russian citizens who have the courage and courage to show their opposition to the Putin regime and the illegal war in Ukraine and that the EU is working to find a way to show its solidarity in practice to these people.
“Specific decisions regarding visa policy are partly in the hands of the member states, as well as the case-by-case assessment of asylum requests,” concluded the Peter Stano.
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