“As long as Russia is waging a terrorist war, issuing visas should be stopped or suspended,” Shmyhal said.

The head of the Ukrainian government criticized the decision of EU foreign ministers to suspend the 2007 visa facilitation agreement with Russia, a move that will make the visa process more burdensome and expensive, but will not abolish it completely.

“It’s not enough. We believe that not only should there not be a so-called visa application, but stricter sanctions should be imposed on tourists and students,” the prime minister said.

When asked whether ordinary Russians and students should be punished for “Putin’s war in Ukraine”, Shmyhal noted that 85 percent of Russians support Putin and the war.

“People should know that if they support Putin and his aggression, they have to pay for that support,” he said.

The head of the Ukrainian government also told how exactly, in his opinion, the ban on issuing visas to Russians can help change public opinion in Russia.

“Instead of tourists or students going to Europe to enjoy life or study, they should stay in their country and tell their neighbors, relatives, and their environment how Europe really sees Russia. It should be like a cold shower for the entire Russian society — to make it understand the consequences of what they are doing in Ukraine,” he said.

As reported by Ukrinform, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, previously stated that the EU’s eighth sanctions package against Russia should include pan-European visa decisions for citizens of the Russian Federation, stressing that “Europe is a territory of values, not a Disneyland for supporters of terror.”