The Cyprus MFA clarifies that the Gymnich decision in principle to suspend the Visa Facilitation Agreement does not mean abrogation or ban on issuing visas to citizens of Russia.
MFA Spokesperson Demetris Demetriou wrote on a tweet post this afternoon that the EU Member States continue to retain the right to examine and approve or reject requests for citizens of Russia.
Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said earlier that Cyprus was against a horizontal ban on EU visas for Russian citizens, pointing out that relations between peoples should be maintained, while also drawing attention to the issue of Turkey’s non alignment with EU sanctions.
Wednesday’s informal meeting of EU Foreign Ministers (Gymnich) took place in Prague, under the auspices of the Czech Presidency of the EU.
Source: Cyprus News Agency