The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Petr Fiala, said that his country has decided to stop issuing visas to citizens of Russia due to the recent massive invasion of Ukraine.
“We are suspending the processing of visa applications from Russian citizens in all our consular offices except for humanitarian cases,” Fiala noted in this regard, according to TheSchengen.com.
The government of the Czech Republic also confirmed the decision, while the Minister of the Interior, Vet Rakosan, said that the country had stopped issuing visas to citizens of Russia, except for humanitarian reasons.
The minister stressed that he would urge the European Union to implement similar measures within the Schengen area.
Due to the Russian military offensive in Ukraine, a large number of European countries imposed restrictive financial measures and other sanctions in order to stop the war.
Until this moment, a large number of European countries have closed their airspace from Russian aircraft due to the latter’s invasion of Ukraine.
Ukraine’s neighboring countries, Moldova, Poland and Romania, have confirmed that they have imposed a ban on airlines coming from Russia.
The Baltic states, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania also closed their airspace to Russian aircraft.
Other countries, including Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, France, Norway, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, have also taken similar measures, banning Russian airlines from their airspace.
In addition, a large number of European governments have announced their agreement to limit the granting of golden passports to citizens of Russia.
Golden passports allow their holders to invest in a country in exchange for citizenship. Up to this point, European countries, as well as the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, have agreed to limit the sale of golden passports to wealthy Russian citizens.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine prompted its neighbors to open their doors to a large number of refugees. According to an earlier report by Al Jazeera, in a worst-case scenario, about five million people could leave Ukraine.
According to the Commissioner for Internal Affairs of the European Union, Ylva Johansson, the countries of the European Union host 300,000 refugees from Ukraine, and the number, according to her, is expected to reach millions in the coming weeks.
The Czech government is also trying to make life easier for the 200,000 workers from Ukraine who live in this country.
In addition, the Minister of the Interior also announced that people who hold short-term visas can extend them without having to go to Ukraine to do so.