The purpose of sanctions is to punish the Russian authorities, not common individuals, Portugal says

Cyprus and Portugal are refusing to again a proposal by a number of different EU nations to ban Russian vacationers, as a part of anti-Moscow sanctions over the Ukraine battle.

“Portugal believes that the basic goal of the sanctions is to punish the Russian warfare machine and never the Russian individuals,” the Portuguese Overseas Ministry mentioned in an announcement to information web site ECO on Friday.

Kornelios Korneliou, Common Secretary of the Cyprus Overseas Ministry, mentioned his nation additionally opposes a blanket ban on Russian vacationers. “It might be a call within the improper course,” Konreliou instructed Politico journal on Friday. “We consider in people-to-people contacts.” 

Cyprus has a large inhabitants of Russian-speakers, round 50,000 of whom stay within the southern metropolis of Limassol, in accordance with Politico.

“We shouldn’t forestall these communities from coming into contact with households and associates,” Korneliou mentioned. “The primary weapon is European unity and our companions ought to respect the sensitivities of others on this concern.”

Greece suspended issuing visas to Russians in late June, however resumed the next month. Like Cyprus, Greece is a well-liked vacationer vacation spot for Russians, and, in accordance with Politico, Athens additionally opposes a complete ban on Russian guests.

A number of EU international locations, together with the Czech Republic, Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Finland, have been pushing for an EU-wide ban on Schengen visas for Russians. Estonian Overseas Minister Urmas Reinsalu instructed the TV channel ERR this month that Russian residents “by their passivity, bear ethical accountability” for the actions of their authorities and that it’s “utterly morally unacceptable” to allow Russians to journey as vacationers to Europe in the course of the Russia-Ukraine battle.

That view was rejected by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who mentioned the EU shouldn’t shut its doorways to all Russian nationals. “You will need to us to know that there are lots of people fleeing from Russia as a result of they’re disagreeing with the Russian regime,” Scholz instructed reporters throughout a visit to Norway this week.

The matter will probably be mentioned at a gathering of EU overseas ministers in Prague on August 31.

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