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Serghei Șoigu categorizes the possible ban on EU visas for Russians as a “Nazi policy”

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Sergei Soigu

The Minister of Defense of Russia, Serghei Şoigu, on Saturday compared a proposal for the European Union to ban tourist visas for Russian citizens with a ‘Nazi policy’, reports DPA.

“We see another clear manifestation of Nazi policies with high-ranking European officials pushing for a Russophobic idea of ​​blocking entry into the EU states for all Russian citizens,” said Şoigu, according to Agerpres.

EU member states Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Czech Republic have unilaterally introduced policies limiting or canceling visas for Russian citizens in response to Moscow’s war in Ukraine.

Finland plans to drastically reduce the number of visas granted to Russians starting in September, and Poland is considering similar measures.

Denmark is calling for an EU-wide approach, but has said it could act on its own.

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Germany, a driving force behind EU policies, has been reluctant to ban tourist visas, arguing that innocent people should not be punished for the Kremlin’s actions.

In his intervention at the first international anti-fascist Congress, near Moscow, Shoigu offered the usual justifications for Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

He argued that a nationalist policy of the leadership in Kyiv supported by the West had targeted Russian culture for several years, and that this constituted a threat to Russia’s security.

In the Russian-speaking regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine, “the Kyiv regime has been committing terrible crimes against citizens for eight years,” said Minister Shoigu, referring to the beginning of fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists in 2014.

At the same time, NATO began to militarily open Ukrainian territory. Kiev has set a course for NATO membership. All this has created unacceptable threats to Russia’s security’, said Şoigu, according to DPA.

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