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Speaking to the ETV+ Russian-language program ‘Suvine horisont’, Toom said: “It’s an absurd situation. [Foreign Minister] Urmas Reinsalu proposes to ban Russians holding a Schengen visa issued by an Estonian embassy from entering Estonia, while [Prime Minister] Kaja Kallas supports him, as does [Interior Minister] Lauri Läänemets, who, it seems, is such a brilliant social democrat that with such convictions he should perhaps join EKRE.”

“At the same time, all other Schengen states must admit Russian citizens with visas issued by Estonia. We cannot make decisions for the whole Schengen area, but fortunately only for ourselves “, she continued.

“All we can do is deny [entry] visa [holders] which were released yesterday. I think we might seem a little weak-minded in all of this,” Toom continued. “But that’s the intention now,” she added.

At the same time, she noted, Russian citizens holding Schengen visas issued by other member states could, as things stand, enter Estonia.

Toom also said she did not believe the measure would achieve its proposed goal.

“I don’t think that idea can be successful, since sanctions have a legislative definition. The goal is to preserve or restore peace, to preserve democracy. I can’t imagine, in my little head, how a banning the entry of Russians can restore peace in Ukraine. I don’t understand anything about it,” she continued.

Estonia has also, joined by Latvia and Lithuania, proposed banning all Russian citizens from entering the EU as a whole, which Reinsalu says he will raise at a meeting of foreign ministers. EU Foreign Affairs in Prague at the end of the month.

The entry ban for Russian citizens holding a Schengen visa issued by Estonia comes into effect next Thursday, August 18.

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