High representative of the European Union for foreign Affairs and security policy to understand the theme of failure in Russia embassies of the Schengen countries to issue visas to holders of Russian passports issued in Crimea, even for family trips including, in the case of death of close relatives, reports the Bureau Toom.
"More than 90% of Crimean residents received Russian citizenship after the events of 2014, given that de facto the Peninsula is under the effective control of Russia, — stated in the request. — These individuals can't get a Schengen visa in the embassies in Kiev, in the absence of all necessary documents (Ukrainian residence permit, etc.). Most people in Crimea no longer have valid Ukrainian passports. And the trip to Kiev is very difficult, because Crimea is not with him an adequate system of transport communication".
Yana Toom asked the head of European diplomacy to answer, whether in the embassies in Moscow or Kiev to apply for a Schengen visa issued in Crimea a Russian passport, are there any exceptions on humanitarian grounds, and are there plans to review the policy of issuing Schengen visas to residents of Crimea.
"It would be possible to use the historical experience of non-recognition policy, commenting on the request, suggested a possible way out Yana Toom. For example, in Soviet times people of the Baltic States still get Western visas".