Estonia and Finland Leaders Want Fellow European Countries to Discontinue Issuing Tourist Visas to Russian Citizens While Russia is Still at War With Ukraine

FLE – Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin, left, speaks with Estonia’s Prime Minister Kaja Kallas during a round table meeting at an Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels, on Dec. 15, 2021. Estonia and Finland want European countries to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians amid the war in Ukraine. Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas said Tuesday that “visiting Europe is a privilege, not a human right.” Her Finnish counterpart, Sanna Marin, says Russians traveling in Europe is “not right.” (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, Pool)
Estonia and Finland Leaders Want Fellow European Countries to Discontinue Issuing Tourist Visas to Russian Citizens While Russia is Still at War With Ukraine.

The leaders of Estonia and Finland want fellow European countries to stop issuing tourist visas to Russian citizens, saying they should not be able to take vacations in Europe while the Russian government carries out a war in Ukraine.

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas wrote Tuesday on Twitter that “visiting Europe is a privilege, not a human right” and that it is “time to end tourism from Russia now.”

A day earlier, her counterpart in Finland, Sanna Marin, told Finnish broadcaster YLE that “it is not right that while Russia is waging an aggressive, brutal war of aggression in Europe, Russians can live a normal life, travel in Europe, be tourists.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy went further in a Washington Post interview Monday, saying all Western countries should ban Russian tourists.