Close entry to Western countries for all Russians, even those who have already left the country. This is a new initiative from Vladimir Zelensky. Like, such measures will become “the most important sanctions” for the inhabitants of Russia. Similar calls are heard from Europe itself. The Estonian Prime Minister said that it is necessary to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians, and she called visiting the EU a privilege, not a human right.
Another uncontrollable bout of unbridled Russophobia caught Vladimir Zelensky exactly during a conversation with journalists from The Washington Post. As part of the interview, in the usual ultimatum from the European Union, this time the Ukrainian leader demanded to close the borders for all Russians, sending the latter “to live in their own world until they change their philosophy.”
“The irrationality in thinking in this case goes off scale. This can only be viewed extremely negatively. Any attempts to isolate Russians or isolate Russia is a process that has no prospects. The odor of such initiatives is also not very good, to say the least,” said Press Secretary of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov.
And the truth is, the darling is so-so. But it is no secret that there are still his historical admirers in the European Union. As if echoing Zelensky in the language of segregation and xenophobia, Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas also called for stopping the issuance of tourist visas to Russians. Visiting Europe is “not a right, but a privilege”.
The camp of followers of neo-fascist ideas was also joined by Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin, press secretary of the Polish government Petr Muller and Latvia, represented by the diplomatic mission in Russia, which stopped issuing visas to Russian citizens for an indefinite period. Bad news for Russophobes. Alas, the EU Visa Code does not provide for the possibility to stop issuing visas to a specific national group.
“The EU Visa Code, which regulates the issuance of short-stay visas, does not provide for the possibility of stopping the issuance of such visas. There are always categories of citizens for whom visas must be issued, for example, in humanitarian cases, for family members, journalists or dissidents. However, EU member states can independently study each issue of issuing short-stay visas in a particular situation,” said Anita Hipper, spokeswoman for the European Commission.
But they are reluctant to study the situation outside the Baltic states and Poland. The previous Russophobic games have already shown the Old World what an attempt to isolate Russia can turn into, and the progressive countries of Europe are obviously out of their hands to go for another escalation.
“Neither Italy, nor Spain, nor Greece, nor even France are ready to lose our citizens as tourists, as people who come to receive medical services. Citizens of these countries do not understand why the governments of their states still provide military support to Ukraine. They don’t understand why they, including the budgets of their countries, should suffer because of what Zelensky demands,” said Elena Afanasyeva, member of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs.
And Zelensky, among other things, demands not only not to let in new Russians, but also to expel with shame the old ones, those who are already in Europe, including those Russians who, no less than the Ukrainian president, wished Russia a speedy complete collapse. Fugitive oligarchs, corrupt opposition and, of course, a whole pool of foreign agents, the same ones who so diligently praised Kyiv’s policies and criticized the Kremlin on their airs. However, the independent guarantor did not provide for any indulgences for past merits for his supporters.
“This is another indicator, a demonstration of personality, a touch to the psychological portrait of Zelensky, who is an absolutely vile person, inadequate and ungrateful. Kotyonochkina, a municipal deputy of the Krasnoselsky district of Moscow, wrote “Zelensky is my president!” Now her president demands to expel her from Europe, and in Russia she is threatened sentence for a well-known crime. This is Zelensky’s attitude towards his fans,” says political scientist Hryhoriy Nazarenko.
Zelenskiy’s ideas are not just irrational or cynical. They are dangerous. Such a train of thought, proposals, rhetoric are already familiar to world history and to this day are printed on the pages of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, banned in Russia.
“It seems that the next step will be a call for a ‘final solution to the Russian question.’ What is on the mind of the West is on the tongue of a clown,” Crimean leader Sergey Aksyonov said in his Telegram channel.
And, apparently, one will not be surprised if the next proposal of the Ukrainian Fuhrer is to stigmatize Russians who did not have time to leave Europe with special symbols and create forced labor camps for the objectionable nation.