Brussels coordinates a joint response to welcome the Russians who do not want to fight

Since Putin announced the mobilization of 300,000 reservists in Ukraine, thousands of Russian citizens have tried to flee the country. Brussels, faced with this situation, has assured that they are trying to coordinate a joint response among the Twenty-seven to welcome those Russians who do not want to fight.

“We are following the situation very closely and there are ongoing contacts with the Member States,” said the chief spokesman for the European Commission, Eric Mamer. However, the European leader has recalled that “There is a legal framework on asylum that continues to be in force.”

Last Thursday a total of 6,470 Russian citizens, according to the country’s Border Guard. A figure that, despite being “higher than normal”, continues to be at the usual levels of the weekend. Estonia and Lithuania have not seen an increase in Russians in recent days either.

However, it should be noted that Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, countries bordering Russia, have stopped issuing tourist visas to Russian citizens. Finland, for its part, has reduced permissions to 10%in such a way that they only allow entry under few exceptions.

Thus, differences between Member States have begun to surface. The Latvian Foreign Minister, Edgars Rinkevićshas corroborated his position by pointing out that “for security reasons, Latvia will not issue humanitarian or other visas to those Russian citizens who avoid mobilization”. GermanyOn the contrary, he has indeed called for “a path” for Russian conscientious objectors and defectors “can come to Europe”.

In this situation, Czech Republic, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the EU, has called a meeting for next Monday. The objective is to coordinate a common position among the Twenty-seven. Meanwhile, the Commission has asked member countries to study all asylum requests on a case-by-case basis.

A procedure that can be delayed, since the EU has tightened the issuance of visas to Russians since the beginning of September. Now, a Russian citizen seeking asylum has to provide a greater number of documents, which has meant that the process has become more expensive to the point of costing about 80 euros.

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