Moscow, Mar 28 (EFE).- Russia is poised to impose retaliatory visa restrictions on citizens from “unfriendly countries,” Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday.
“A draft of (a presidential) decree on visa measures in retaliation for unfriendly actions by a number of foreign countries is currently being prepared,” Lavrov said during a meeting with the United Russia party members.
“It will introduce a number of restrictions on entry into the territory of Russia,” he said.
“I believe that this step will expand the tools to influence various categories of foreign citizens. First of all, against those who are involved in crimes against Russian citizens abroad.
“Second, those who unjustly commit legal persecution against our people. And finally, those who make unreasonable decisions that violate the legitimate rights and interests of citizens and organizations of the Russian Federation,” he added.
The Russian government on March 8 announced a list of unfriendly countries and territories, which includes the US and Canada, all member countries of the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Japan and Australia among others. EFE