Russia advises against travel to UK due to ‘unfriendly’ stance on visas


Russia said on Friday it advised its citizens not to travel to Britain, complaining that authorities there were making it “virtually impossible” for Russians to obtain visas.

The Russian Foreign Ministry alleged that Russian applications were delayed because Britain gave higher priority to Ukrainian refugees. He said Russians were also unable to pay on the UK website via Mastercard and Visa, which have both suspended operations in Russia.

“Given the extremely hostile behavior of the United Kingdom towards our country, in order to avoid financial losses and other possible problems, we recommend that Russian citizens refrain, if possible, from traveling to the United Kingdom and trying to get UK visas,” he added. mentioned.

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“Until the situation normalizes, we will act in the same way vis-à-vis the British.”

The British actions were “a politically motivated violation of the rights of Russian citizens”, the ministry said.

A spokesman for the UK’s Home Office said: “There are currently no restrictions or limitations for Russian nationals working in the UK on long-term work visas.”

“We are prioritizing requests from the Ukraine Family Scheme and Homes for Ukraine in response to the humanitarian crisis caused by [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s barbaric invasion of Ukraine, so applications for study, work and family visas took longer to process.

Tensions between Moscow and London have escalated in recent weeks as Britain announced new sanctions on Putin’s financial network on Friday following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a “special operation”.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday he did not see how there could be a normalization of relations with Putin after the invasion.

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