Latvia will stop issuing visas to Russian citizens. From June 26 all diplomatic missions of the country will stop receiving applications because of “unpredictable developments of internal political events” in Russia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic said in a statement.
At the same time, the Ministry noted that it will review all visa applications that were processed before June 25.
On Saturday, when there was an attempt of armed mutiny in Russia, President of Latvia Edgars Rinkevics said that the country will not issue humanitarian or other visas to Russians “in connection with the events”.
Last year, after the outbreak of war in Ukraine, Latvia stopped issuing visas and residence permits to Russians. In the fall, authorities in the Baltic states as well as Poland banned entry on Schengen visas issued by other countries.
The day before the mercenaries of the Wagner PMC seized Rostov-on-Don and organized a march on Moscow. The purpose of the mutiny the head of the organization called the resignation of Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and the head of the General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, who, according to him, ineffective management of the army and misleading Russian President Vladimir Putin. The attempted mutiny ended in the evening, when the press service of President Alexander Lukashenko announced an agreement between the Kremlin and Prigozhin. Columns of the Wagner PMC stopped about 200 kilometers from Moscow and went to the “field camps”. After that, it was reported that the head of the mercenaries together with the fighters would go to Belarus.