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Russian citizens intending to cross the Lithuanian border in order to be admitted to the Baltic countries will have to speak out against Russia's conduct of a special military operation in Ukraine and “recognize” Crimea Ukrainian. Otherwise, they will be denied entry. This proposal was made by Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis, LRT reports.
According to the head of the Foreign Ministry, the border guards have every right to be interested in the position of Russian citizens regarding Russia's actions in Ukraine, as well as to clarify “whose Crimea?”. “And only by answering this question, if a person crossing the border with Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Poland believes that Crimea is not occupied, we can conclude that the entry of such a person does not correspond to the interests of the national security of Lithuania,” — said Landsbergis.
The minister noted that Lithuania could introduce such a rule unilaterally, but if the rest of the countries bordering Russia joined, it would be “more efficient”, since the measures work better “when making at least a regional decision.”
On the day the military operation in Ukraine began, Riga announced that it would stop issuing visas to Russian citizens, and later the Latvian parliament approved a law depriving foreigners of citizenship for supporting actions that threaten the territorial integrity of other democratic countries.
At the end of July, the Latvian authorities reported that foreign citizens who try to enter the country from Russia and Belarus are subject to more thorough checks at the border. The Russians reported, in particular, about the requirement to sign a document on the border condemning Russia's actions in Ukraine.
Crimea became part of Russia in March 2014 following a referendum in 2014, in which the majority of the inhabitants of the peninsula were in favor of joining To her. Ukraine and Western countries have not recognized this: they consider the peninsula an occupied territory and accuse Moscow of annexation.
Moscow has repeatedly stated that the issue of Crimea's ownership is non-negotiable. President Vladimir Putin back in 2016 said that “the people of Crimea made a decision and voted”, therefore “the issue is historically closed”.
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Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine is ready to return Crimea “by any means it deems right.” “It is necessary to liberate Crimea. This will be the resuscitation of the world legal order. We will return Crimea by any means we deem appropriate, without consulting other countries,— said the head of state.
The head of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, in response, pointed out that the Ukrainian authorities “cannot see their ears” in Crimea.
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