They will not provide refuge to Russians fleeing mobilization in the Baltics

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization in Russia this morning. He said he was doing so in defense of the West, which was trying to weaken, divide and destroy his country. According to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, the mobilization aims to bring 300,000 new soldiers into the army. The Russian president also supported the holding of referendums on joining Russia in Moscow-occupied or controlled parts of Ukrainian territory.

Latvia will not issue humanitarian or other types of visas to Russian citizens fleeing mobilization and will not change the existing restrictions on entering Latvia for Russian citizens, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkévičs announced on Twitter today. The Baltic states and Poland began turning away Russian tourists earlier this week, saying they should not travel while their countries are at war with Ukraine.

The head of Latvian diplomacy further emphasized that his country must not give in to Russian blackmail and must support Ukraine as much as possible. “Russia today is the same danger to Europe and world peace as Nazi Germany was in the last century,” said Rinkévičs. In connection with the Russian mobilization, Latvia will consult with allies and partners on a joint course of action.

“Refusal to fulfill citizenship obligations in Russia (…) is not a sufficient reason for granting asylum in another country,” Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu told Reuters.

Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anušauskas announced on Facebook today that Lithuania has increased the level of readiness of the army’s rapid reaction forces to “prevent any provocations from the Russian side”. “Since the mobilization of Russia will also be carried out in the Kaliningrad region in our neighborhood, Lithuania cannot just watch,” Anusauskas wrote.

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