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Estonian MEP Toom asks Mogherini about Schengen visas for Crimea residents

BC, Tallinn, 17.07.2017.Print version
Estonian MEP Yana Toom has sent an inquiry to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini over the refusal of EU member states to issue Schengen visas to Russian citizens living in Crimea, informs LETA/BNS.

"More than 90% of residents of Crimea received Russian citizenship after the events of 2014, considering that de facto the peninsula is under the effective control of Russia," it stands in the inquiry.


These people can not apply for Schengen visas at the embassies situated in Kiev because they do not have the required documents, such as Ukrainian residence permits and similar. Most of the people living in Crimea no longer have a valid Ukrainian passport. And a trip to Kiev is a rather difficult thing for them because Crimea has no adequate transport connections with the capital of Ukraine.


In the inquiry, Toom wants to know if it is possible to have a Schengen visa put in a Russian passport issued in Crimea at the embassies of EU countries in Moscow and Kiev and whether exceptions are made on humanitarian grounds. The MEP also wants to know if a review is planned of the policy of issuance of Schengen visas to residents of Crimea.


In this connection, according to Toom, the experience of the policy of non-recognition of the Baltic nations into the Soviet Union could be tapped into.


"For instance, during the Soviet time visas to the West were issued to residents of the Baltic states," the MEP said.

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