Portugal is the latest EU country to speak out against the Russian tourist visa ban
Portugal's argument that only Russia's war machine should be targeted mirrors the concerns of countries, such as Germany, Greece and Cyprus
— Samuel Ramani (@SamRamani2) August 20, 2022
Some people are of course going to think this anti-Russia stuff has gone too far, and that it’s now verging on “zany antics.”
I’m pretty sure we crossed into zany antics territory a while ago, but people don’t know. They don’t know what we know about zany antics.
Cyprus and Portugal are refusing to back a proposal by several other EU nations to ban Russian tourists, as part of anti-Moscow sanctions over the Ukraine conflict.
“Portugal believes that the fundamental objective of the sanctions is to punish the Russian war machine and not the Russian people,” the Portuguese Foreign Ministry said in a statement to news website ECO on Friday.
Kornelios Korneliou, General Secretary of the Cyprus Foreign Ministry, said his country also opposes a blanket ban on Russian travelers. “It would be a decision in the wrong direction,” Konreliou told Politico magazine on Friday. “We believe in people-to-people contacts.”
Cyprus has a sizable population of Russian-speakers, around 50,000 of whom live in the southern city of Limassol, according to Politico.
“We shouldn’t prevent these communities from coming into contact with families and friends,” Korneliou said. “The main weapon is European unity and our partners should respect the sensitivities of others on this issue.”
Greece suspended issuing visas to Russians in late June, but resumed the following month. Like Cyprus, Greece is a popular tourist destination for Russians, and, according to Politico, Athens also opposes a total ban on Russian visitors.
This is also these people’s money, you know?
It’s a lot easier for Finland, which is not a top tourist destination, to ban all Russians for the purpose of showing how moral they are, while they cheat on their husbands on cocaine.
More than 80% of russian population supports putin war. But its ok for Portugal.
— Januszek Plotnicki (@JanuszPlotnicki) August 20, 2022
@antoniocostapm almost every russian support the putin terrorist regime! and putin is president of russia because people want him there! while ukranian people getting killed every day you letting russians to travel into our country! eu leaders learned nothing from ww2!
— S.E.W Ukraine (@SEW_Ukraine) August 20, 2022
Age group makes quite a difference if you take a closer look at the most recent poll by @levada_ru https://t.co/z8csO2dxH7
Suggestion: Let them sign a paper agreeing to possible consequences if they make supporting statements while being abroad.
— Patrick Davidson (@Patrick59723478) August 20, 2022
russian people ARE the russian war machine! #visabanforrussians
— Corin Commodity (@CorinTrade) August 20, 2022
But many of the Russian people support the Russian war machine, so why should they be allowed free transit across Europe while their country literally murders civilians en mass of another country.
— Destin (@Destin_AU) August 20, 2022
This is wrong.
The Russian people are also part of the Russian war machine.
There is no guarantee that Russian tourists are not spies.
— ウクライナフォロー (@majCL5qhC6myNwf) August 20, 2022
Punish the fucking russian people
— Chuck Noonan (@ChuckNoonan) August 20, 2022