The main parties in Finland supported the refusal to issue visas to Russians

Visa restrictions for Russian tourists were supported by the Social Democratic Party of Finland (SDP), the Coalition Party, the True Finns party and the Finland Center

The building of the Consulate General of Finland in St. Petersburg

The main parliamentary parties Finland supported the refusal to issue tourist visas to Russians due to hostilities in Ukraine, parliamentarians were interviewed by the STT agency and the Yle television and radio company.

Visa restrictions are supported by the Social Democratic Party of Finland (SDP), the Coalition Party, the &laquo “True Finns” and “Finland Center”.

“In this situation, there is a reason to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians,” — says the representative of the Coalition Party, a member of the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs, Elina Valtonen, her words are quoted by Yle. She called “absurd” an opportunity for Russian citizens to travel to the West “as if nothing had happened”.

According to the parliamentarian from the “Center” Mikko Savoli, the government should soon consider the issue of visas and submit its proposal to tighten the visa regime. The impossibility of obtaining tourist visas should serve as the same signal for the Russian leadership as the sanctions against Russia, he is convinced.

Valtonen, in turn, noted that Finland should also restrict the entry of Russians into the country in connection with the entry in NATO.

In addition, Savola and Green Party member Saara Hürkkö expect the EU to show unity on this issue.

“An EU-level solution would be the best option, because it had the greatest influence,— Hürkkö is convinced.

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As RBC wrote, in the visa centers of France, Greece and Spain, free windows for making an appointment for filing documents ended in July. Queues also arose at the Consulate General of Finland in St. Petersburg. Documents for a visa cannot be submitted until September, Fontanka wrote. The diplomatic mission explained the situation with an increase in the number of applicants after the lifting of coronavirus restrictions.

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