Czechs mull ban on Russian visas in sanctions

Czechs mull ban on Russian visas in sanctions

The Czech presidency of the European Union is considering a complete ban on the issuance of visas to Russian citizens in the next package of sanctions against Moscow. The idea will be proposed at an informal meeting of foreign ministers in Prague at the end of August. According to Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsk this will be a very effective sanction. He says that there should be no talks about tourism for Russian citizens on the backdrop of Russian aggression.

There has to be a guarantee that Russian murderers and intermediaries of state terror will not use Schengen. Europe shouldn't turn into a supermarket for everyone, as long as they have money to pay for the goods, Volodymyr Zelensky says. Six sanctions have already been imposed on Russia.

Five Russian missiles hit the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhzhia. The Krematorsk was also shelled, authorities in both cities reported. Serhiy Khlan, an official of the regional administration, wrote on Facebook that Ukrainian forces had hit the fourth and last bridge over the Dnieper River in the Russian-occupied Kherson region.

The possibility of redirecting power from remaining capacities of the plant to territories under Russian control was not ruled out by the occupying Russian administration in Zaporizhzhia. The two sides blame each other for the frequent strikes on the territory of the plant, which pose the risk of a nuclear catastrophe.

We call on Russia to stop all military actions in Ukrainian nuclear facilities and return full control of the plant to Ukraine, US Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Bonnie Jenkins said.

Russia's representative to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, blamed Kyiv and its Western allies for the crisis related to the plant in Zaporizhzhia.