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Poland and Baltics Target Russia Visas, See ‘Serious Threat’

  • Four nations issue statement on tough new visa restrictions
  • Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia point to public security
Signs hang above passport controls at the Imatra border between Finland and Russia.

Signs hang above passport controls at the Imatra border between Finland and Russia.

Photographer: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
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Poland and the Baltic states will impose tough restrictions on visas issued to Russian citizens this month, calling the influx of tourists a “serious threat” to national security in a joint statement

The European Union nations, which share a border with Russia, said they’ll turn away most Russians seeking to enter the EU on visas for tourism, culture, sports and business by Sept. 19. The temporary measures fall short of a full ban for those entering the bloc’s visa-free Schengen area.