Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on retaliatory visa measures against Russia-unfriendly countries. The document was posted on Monday, April 4, on the official website of the federal portal of draft regulatory legal acts.
The decree was adopted in view of the need for urgent measures in response to unfriendly actions of the European Union.
According to the document, Russia has suspended several clauses of international agreements on the simplified procedure to issue visas with EU countries, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Putin also instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to introduce personal entry restrictions for foreign citizens and stateless persons who committed unfriendly actions against Russia.
Mewanwhile, the West considers new sanctions against Russia in light of the recent events in the town of Bucha, near Kiev, where many civilians were shot dead in the streets. Both the West and Ukraine accuse the Russian military of the crimes, but Russia strongly denies such accusations.
The new, fifth package of sanctions is to be approved by all EU countries — 27 states in total. Italy, Hungary and Austria — the countries that depend on Russian natural gas most — may block this decision
The EU will discuss new sanctions on Wednesday, April 6.
The Russian Ministry of Defense showed a video of the destruction of US-made M777 towed howitzers in Ukraine. The US systems were destroyed by the Russian Kub (Cube) kamikaze drone