The EU Settles on a ‘Soft Ban’ on Russian Tourists—For Now

The EU Settles on a ‘Soft Ban’ on Russian Tourists—For Now
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell speaks during a media conference after ameeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti in Brussels, Aug. 18, 2022 (AP photo by Virginia Mayo).

European Union bureaucrats are busy figuring out how to implement the agreement reached this week in Prague by EU foreign ministers to end visa facilitation for Russian tourists visiting the union. But many of the bloc’s members fear that the policy could strengthen Putin’s hand and hurt ethnic Russians living in the union.

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