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Estonia Eyes Unilateral Russian Visa Ban If EU Won’t Agree

  • One of few entry points from Russia to EU after flights halted
  • Policy could cause divisions with EU members such as Germany
People walk past the border crossing from Estonia into Russia over the Narva River in Narva, Estonia on May 27. 

People walk past the border crossing from Estonia into Russia over the Narva River in Narva, Estonia on May 27. 

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Estonia will pursue a blanket Schengen visa ban on Russian nationals if the European Union doesn’t reach an agreement, its Foreign Ministry said, closing off one of the few land borders after the bloc halted flights from Russia.

The plan threatens to divide EU members as some leaders, including German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, have said they would not support a wholesale ban on travel visas. Estonia will present the proposal to the European Commission ahead of a meeting with EU foreign ministers where sanctions will be discussed later this month.