The terms for issuing visas to Russians in certain European countries are unlikely to change much even after the abolition of the simplified visa regime. Sergei Fedorov, a leading researcher at the Institute of Europe of the Russian Academy of Sciences, stated this to aif.ru.
“The price of visas will, of course, increase, and as for everything else, I think the terms for consideration of the same Greek visas are unlikely whether they will change a lot. The same can be said about other countries that were against tightening,” the expert said.
According to him, countries where there are usually a lot of Russian tourists – Greece, Cyprus, Italy – opposed the restrictions.
Earlier, the press service of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia reported that the terms for obtaining Schengen visas by Russians could increase up to six months due to the suspension of the EU visa facilitation agreement with the Russian Federation.
August 31, EU diplomat Josep Borrell said that the EU countries, following a meeting of foreign ministers, decided to freeze the visa facilitation agreement with Russia. According to him, this was done “for the sake of the security of the countries neighboring the Russian Federation.”
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