EU Commission proposes full suspension of Visa Facilitation Agreement with Russia


On September 6, 2022, the Commission is proposing to fully suspend the EU’s Visa Facilitation Agreement with Russia. A country like Russia, waging a war of aggression, should not qualify for visa facilitations as long as it continues conducting its destructive foreign policy and military aggression towards Ukraine, demonstrating a complete disregard to the international rules-based order. The Commission is also presenting today a proposal on the non-recognition of Russian passports issued in occupied areas of Ukraine.

These proposals follow the political agreement reached by Foreign Affairs Ministers at their informal meeting of August 31, 2022, on a common and coordinated way forward when it comes to visa issuance for Russian citizens.

You can follow the press point by Commissioner Johansson live on EbS. A press release and Q&A are available online.