Putin signed a decree on Monday (April 4) introducing visa restrictions for citizens of countries that Moscow deems “unfriendly” in response to sanctions over Ukraine.
The decree, which comes into force on Monday, suspends Russia’s simplified visa issuance regime with some European Union countries as well as Norway, Switzerland, Denmark and Iceland.
It also ordered the Russian foreign ministry and other bodies to decide on introducing personal entry restrictions on “foreign citizens and stateless people who commit unfriendly actions against Russia, its citizens or its legal entities.”
Last month the Russian government approved a list of unfriendly countries including United States, Canada, Britain, EU states and Ukraine, among others.
U.S. Moves to Suspend Russia From U.N. Human Rights Council, Calling Presence a “Farce”
The U.S. is moving to suspend Russia’s from the U.N. Human Rights Council amid allegations that Russian troops have committed a massacre in the town of Bucha, which is on the outskirts of Kiev. Ukraine has alleged that 410 bodies have been found, many which had their hands tied behind their backs and were shot execution-style.
America’s ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield confirmed on a Monday (April 4) statement that she’ll work with allies to suspend Russia from the body. “In close coordination with Ukraine, European countries and other partners at the UN, we are going to seek Russia’s suspension from the UN Human Rights Council,” she said.
Thomas-Greenfield further said it was a “farce” to allow Putin’s Russia a seat on the council. “And it is wrong, which is why we believe it is time the U.N. General Assembly vote to remove them,” Thomas-Greenfield added.
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