The United States shoots down Volodymyr Zelenksyy's wishes of Russian Visa Bans
Zelenskyy claimed that Russians should be "living in their own world until they change their philosophy."
Last week, Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, urged the United States to conduct a visa ban on all Russians. However, the United States announced today that it will not fulfill the wishes of Zelenskyy because it [The United States] does not want to close off pathways to refuge for Russians looking to escape the country. Zelenskyy claimed that Russians should be "living in their own world until they change their philosophy."
Another call was made to the EU in which Volodymyr Zelenskyy asked the member states to ban Russian visas to keep the bloc from “becoming a supermarket open to anyone with the means to enter.” The Biden administration has already imposed visa restrictions for Russian government officials and has made clear it will be focusing on identifying those involved with the invasion, according to a State Department spokesperson.
"The U.S. wouldn’t want to close off pathways to refuge and safety for Russia’s dissidents or others who are vulnerable to human rights abuses. We’ve also been clear that it is important to draw a line between the actions of the Russian government and its policies in Ukraine, and the people of Russia.”
The State Department spokesperson said.
Sanna Marin, the Prime Minister of Finland, and Kaja Kallas, the Prime Minister of Estonian, have joined the calling of Volodymyr Zelenksyy in asking for an EU-wide travel/visa ban. Olaf Scholz, Germany’s Chancellor, opposed the wishes today saying that Russians have the freedom to “flee their home country if they disagree with the current regime.”