The agreement, which the EU wants to revoke, provides for simplification of visa issuance for stay of not more than 90 days for citizens of the Russian Federation from the EU and citizens of the European Union countries from the Russian Federation on the basis of reciprocity.

Therefore, the EU has the intention to abolish the demanded procedure for granting visas to Russians. Such decisions will lead to the fact that Russians will have to submit more documents for obtaining visas, which will make this process more expensive and reduce the waiting time for visa issuance.

“We must send a signal to the Russian population that this war is not normal, it is unacceptable,” said a high-ranking EU official who took part in the negotiations.

“We are in a very bad situation, and this calls for a very good response. We want to go beyond the abolition of visa relaxation,” he said, adding that by the end of the year more extensive changes may be introduced.

According to the FT, such a decision will reduce the number of travel permits for Russians in the search for compromise between the neighboring countries of the EU, The EU countries threatened to unilaterally close their borders to Russian tourists and demanded a total ban on visas for Russians, as well as Germany and France and other Western European countries that opposed this.