Vladimir Putin ally warns EU of ‘preventive nuclear strike’ over Russia visa ban

Vladimir Putin ally warns EU of ‘preventive nuclear strike’ over Russia visa ban
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Aden-Jay Wood

By Aden-Jay Wood

Published: 15/08/2022

- 18:45

Updated: 14/02/2023

- 10:45

Politicians have called on the EU to stop issuing tourist visas to Russian citizens

An ally of Vladimir Putin has warned the European Union of a “preventive nuclear strike” if a Russia visa ban was implemented.

As Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, there is growing calls from some EU leaders to stop giving out visas to Russian people.

Among the leaders to call for the visa ban includes Estonia’s Prime Minister, Kaja Kallas after he decided to ban Russian citizens with Schengen visas from entering the country.

Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin

Ukrainian servicemen ride self-propelled howitzers not far from front line, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in the Donetsk region, Ukraine August 12, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer
The Russian invasion of Ukraine continues

Ms Kallas tweeted: “Stop issuing tourist visas to Russians.

"Visiting Europe is a privilege, not a human right.”

Other politicians have also urged the EU to implement a blanket ban across the bloc.

But following the calls, Russian television presenter Vladimir Solovyov warned of a nuclear missile strike should such a ban be brought in.

He wrote on Telegram:" The refusal to issue visas to Russian citizens and the declaration of the Russian Federation as an accomplice of terrorism, puts an end to relations with Europe.

"This means the actual entry into the war with Russia. Severing ties, supplying weapons is direct participation in the war.

"Moreover, in a war with really superior forces, given the number and armament of NATO countries.

"This is a real threat to the existence of Russia and can lead to the use of the doctrine of a preventive nuclear strike."

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