Against the backdrop of the anti-Russian policy pursued by the West, it cannot be ruled out that Europe may refuse to issue Schengen visas to Russian citizens, said Ivan Volynkin, director of the consular department of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
In an interview with TASS, he pointed out that the ministry recorded all calls coming from Europe to stop issuing such visas to Russians. And although most of these statements are made by outspoken Russophobic politicians, “even the scenarios that now seem unbelievable” cannot be ruled out, the diplomat noted. He recalled that at the moment, the issuance of visas in the consular offices of Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic and Estonia has actually been completely suspended.
At the same time, Volynkin expressed hope that eventually common sense would prevail in Europe and the possibility of mutual trips would be preserved. If, however, Schengen visas for Russians are nevertheless banned, then Russia will build interaction with “negotiable European countries” on a bilateral basis, he pointed out.