Mogherini asked to consider EU visa-free travels for Crimeans

Estonian European deputy proposes to introduce "exceptions for humanitarian reasons"

14:03, 17 July 2017

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After EU refused to issue Schengen visas to Crimean residents who received Russian citizenship, the European Parliament deputy from Estonia Yana Toom filed a request to the head of the European Union's diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, with a number of proposals. This was reported by the ERR portal.

“These people cannot receive Schengen visas in Kyiv embassies, due to the lack of all the necessary documents. Most people in the Crimea no longer have valid Ukrainian passports and it is very difficult to go to Kyiv, because there is no adequate transport system with the capital in Crimea,” the request says.

Over 90% of Crimeans received Russian citizenship after 2014, she noted.

Toom asks Mogherini to answer if it is possible to receive Schengen visa in Moscow or Kyiv embassies using Crimean passport and “if there are some exceptions for humanitarian reasons.”

She also asked whether it is planned to revise the policy of issuing Schengen visas to Crimean residents.

"It is possible to use historical experience of non-recognition policy, For example, in the Soviet time the residents of the Baltic countries still could receive Western visas," Toom wrote.

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At the moment, Crimean residents can get a visa for entry into the EU countries only with Ukrainian passport through diplomatic institutions in Ukraine. Also, Crimeans can use the visa-free regime with the EU, provided that they have a Ukrainian foreign biometric passport.

As it was reported earlier Russia’s State Duma plans to write off Crimeans’ debts before Ukrainian banks. “Debt forgiveness” from Ukrainian loans will be granted for the majority of Crimean citizens and enterpreneurs.

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