The European Union will refuse Schengen visas to the residents of the Crimea, who received Russian passports after the illegal annexation of the peninsula by Russia in 2014. Markus Ederer, the Ambassador of the European Union to the Russian Federation, said that in his interview with TASS, the European Pravda reports.
"Russian passports issued in the Crimea by the Russian authorities after annexation will not be recognized and will not be accepted when applying for a Schengen visa," Ederer said.
The European diplomat underlined that the European Union did not recognize and does not intend to recognize the annexation of Crimea by Russia.
The Crimeans have two options for obtaining a Schengen visa. The first is to use travel documents issued by the Russian authorities before the annexation of the Crimea, the second is to use or obtain a Ukrainian passport.
At that, Ederer noted that in both cases the Crimeans "should apply for a Schengen visa to the consulates of EU countries that are located in Ukraine, and not in Russia.
The diplomat noted that the residents of the Crimea can visit the Schengen countries without visas with the Ukrainian biometric passport, as a visa-free regime is active for the Ukrainians since 2017.
As we reported earlier, Ukraine’s MFA reacted to the facilitation of the process of issuance of Russian citizenship to the residents of Donbas. The representatives of the Foreign Ministry condemned Russia’s attempts to disrupt the sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.