Latvia suspends simplified travel regime for residents of Russian border regions from August

From August 1, Latvia suspends the simplified travel regime for residents of the border regions of Russia. The corresponding decision was made by the Latvian government in mid-July, Ukrinform reports.

Riga explained that the agreement on local border traffic between Latvia and Russia was concluded in 2010 in order to facilitate mutual travel of residents of border areas. At the same time, in response to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, on February 24, the issuance of visas, including border ones, was suspended for Russian citizens in all Latvian diplomatic and consular missions abroad.

Due to the decision of Russia to close the Latvian consulate in Pskov, the issuance of border permits is no longer possible, since it was the only diplomatic and consular representation of Latvia abroad that issued such permits to Russian citizens.

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The Latvian government also imposed sanctions against Russian citizens and companies, the country’s Foreign Ministry called on Latvian residents to refrain from traveling to Russia.

According to the agency, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics recently said that the EU should consider recognizing the Russian Federation as a state sponsor of terrorism. He also reiterated the proposal to introduce at the EU level a ban on the issuance of European tourist visas to Russian citizens.

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