Putin signs the law abolishing visas for citizens of European countries

Today, Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law to abolish the simplified issuing of visas for certain categories of citizens of European countries.

The law provides for the suspension of the simplified issuing of visas for certain categories of citizens of the European Union, Denmark, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, including journalists and official delegations, according to the Russian news agency Sputnik.

Russia’s actions come in response to Western sanctions imposed in following the invasion of Ukraine.

The Kremlin announced last week that it will cut off natural gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria for refusing to pay in rubles was a response to “hostile steps” against Russia and that it was not practicing blackmail.

“The need for a new payment method is the result of unprecedented hostile measures, in the economic sphere and in the financial sector, that hostile countries have undertaken against us,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

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