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Baltics Reach Deal on Russia Visa Entry Ban by Mid-September

  • Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania plan to limit land crossings
  • Move would complicate access for Russians with Schengen visas
An honor guard of Latvian soldiers at the Freedom monument in Riga, Latvia.
An honor guard of Latvian soldiers at the Freedom monument in Riga, Latvia.Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg
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The European Union’s Baltic members agreed to coordinate a visa ban for most Russian citizens at their borders and will aim to pass national measures by mid-September.

The move would further complicate access to the EU for Russian holders of Schengen visas to travel throughout the bloc’s visa-free travel zone. Latvia and Estonia are finalizing the details of the restrictions for government approval as early as this week, foreign ministers for both nations said Wednesday in Kaunas.