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Czechs will not issue humanitarian visa to Russians fleeing mobilisation

Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic Jan Lipavsky addresses the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York City, US, Sept. 21, 2022. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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PRAGUE, Sept. 22 (Reuters) – The Czech Republic will not issue humanitarian visas to Russian citizens fleeing mobilization orders, Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky said Thursday.

Many Russians are trying to leave their country after President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization on Wednesday, as Russian troops fighting in Ukraine have suffered heavy casualties. read more

“I understand that Russians are fleeing increasingly desperate decisions from Putin. But those who flee because they do not want to comply with a duty imposed by their own government do not meet the criteria for a humanitarian visa,” Lipavsky told Reuters.

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Its stance was in line with that of other EU member states Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, bordering Russia, who said on Wednesday they would not provide refuge to Russians fleeing Moscow’s mobilization of troops. read more

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One-way flights from Russia skyrocketed and sold out quickly after Putin ordered the immediate call-out of 300,000 reservists. read more

Finland said on Thursday it is considering banning most Russians from entering the country as traffic across its eastern neighbor’s border “intensifies” following Putin’s mobilization order. read more

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Reporting by Robert Muller Editing by Alistair Bell

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