The Embassy of the Russian Federation stated “blatant demands” to the Russians at the entrance to Latvia

When crossing the Latvian border, Russians face various provocations. In particular, they are forced to sign statements condemning the Russian authorities. This was announced on Monday, September 19, at the Russian Embassy in Latvia in an interview with RBC.

“In particular, to them [россиянам] make egregious demands to sign a certain statement condemning the Russian authorities. In case of refusal to do this, as practice shows, entry can not only be denied, but also blacklisted,” the diplomatic mission said.

The embassy noted that the decision in this case is made exclusively by the Latvian competent services.

On the eve of the head of the commission of the Federation Council for the protection of state sovereignty, Andrey Klimov, said that in Latvia they continue the artificial planting of Russophobia, which is a means of deterring Russia.

Prior to that, on September 16, the country’s Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics announced that the Latvian authorities are imposing restrictions on the Latvian border for Russians with Schengen visas.

On September 7, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia also agreed to restrict the movement of Russian citizens across the borders with Russia and Belarus. It was noted that an exception would be made for truckers, diplomats, their family members and for citizens entering the Baltic countries for humanitarian reasons.

On the same day, the head of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, former Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Grigory Karasin, in an interview with Izvestia, said that the introduction of restrictions by the Baltic countries against Russians was a regrettable episode.

On September 6, it became known that the European Commission approved a proposal to completely stop the visa facilitation agreement with Russia. European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson said that EU member states, among other things, will have the right to refuse visas to Russians who may threaten the security of these countries. In turn, Russian President Vladimir Putin assessed the current situation with tourism and visas for Russians and opposed the “spit” response to visa restrictions.

The proposal to ban the issuance of Schengen visas to Russians was submitted for discussion in the EU on 10 August. The day before, Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky called on Western countries to close entry for Russians. The President of Ukraine stressed that the inhabitants of the Russian Federation should “live in their own world until they change their philosophy.”

Meanwhile, in July, Ivan Nechaev, deputy director of the information and press department of the Russian diplomatic agency, said that the Russian Foreign Ministry had protested to Atatsia Rutke, charge d’affaires ad interim of Latvia, in connection with Riga’s pressure on Russians who enter the territory of the republic.

He noted that the authorities of the Baltic Republic are forcing the Russians to sign a previously prepared paper on disagreement with the policy of the Russian Federation. Similar incidents have already been recorded in relation to Russian road carriers.

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