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Estonia introduced new visa restrictions for Russians

The Estonian government has approved restrictions that deprive Russian citizens of the opportunity to obtain temporary residence permits and visas for the purpose of studying in Estonia, as well as limit the right to issue a short-term work permit.

This is stated in an official statement released on Thursday at government website countries, according to Ukrinform.

“The extension of sanctions against Russia is essential to ensure continued pressure on this country. If sanctions help stop Russian aggression, this will have a positive effect on our own security,” Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said in this regard.

In this regard, he stressed that the unjustified war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine not only grossly violates the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine, but also threatens the security of Estonia and the entire European Union.

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Separately, it is indicated that, under the new rules, citizens of Russia and Belarus can no longer obtain a short-term work permit in Estonia if they have a residence permit in another country of the Schengen zone.

“With this amendment, we will eliminate scenarios where a short-stay Schengen visa is applied for the purpose of tourism, for example, from another member state in order to circumvent existing sanctions,” explained the head of the Estonian foreign ministry.

As reported, on the eve of the Estonian Foreign Ministry announced a five-year ban on entry into the country for the Russian group “Hands Up!”. Earlier, a similar ban was introduced on the entry of Russian artists Philip Kirkorov and Polina Gagarina, who supported the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine with their performances.

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