Bulgaria does not support total EU visa ban for Russians – The Sofia Globe


Bulgaria supports a proposal by the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU to suspend the agreement to facilitate the issuance of visas to Russian citizens, but does not support a total ban, he revealed during a press conference of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on August 25.

This position, taken while Bulgaria is led by an interim administration appointed by President Roumen Radev, will be presented at the informal Gymnich meeting of EU foreign ministers in Prague next week, where Bulgaria will be represented by Deputy Foreign Minister Velislava Petrova.

The proposal for an EU-wide ban on visas from EU countries for Russian citizens comes from Estonia, Latvia and Finland and was adopted by the Czech EU Presidency.

The proposal, which comes on top of seven rounds of EU sanctions against Russia in response to Russia’s war on Ukraine, lacked consensus among EU countries. EU, Germany publicly opposing it.

Deputy Foreign Minister Kostadin Kodzhabashev said at the August 25 briefing that Bulgaria supports the visa agreement between the EU and Russia and will not support a full embargo on EU countries. issuing visas to Russians.

Kodzhabashev said during the briefing that the work of the Bulgarian Embassy in Ukraine is being restored.

“One of the first things the caretaker government did was start the process of gradually opening our mission in Kyiv,” he said.

Currently, there is no decision to reopen the Consulate General of Bulgaria in Odessa, as the situation does not allow it, Kodzhabashev said.

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