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Turkey: Erdogan to discuss NATO bid with Sweden's new leader

Oct. 21, 2022 10:01 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has agreed to meet with Sweden’s new prime minister in Ankara to discuss the Scandinavian country’s bid to join NATO, describing the visit as an opportunity to test Stockholm’s “sincerity” in meeting Turkey’s...

Finland bans entry to Russian tourists starting at midnight

Sep. 29, 2022 16:04 PM EDT

HELSINKI, Finland (AP) — Finland announced it would ban Russian citizens with tourist visas from entering the country starting Friday, curtailing one of the last easily accessible routes to Europe for Russians trying to flee a military mobilization aimed at bolstering the Kremlin's war in...

Finland: Real estate may no longer secure visas for Russians

Sep. 15, 2022 10:45 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's president said Thursday that he wants to make it harder for Russians to use owning real estate in the Nordic nation - usually apartments or summer cottages - as justification for obtaining travel visas. “Getting a visa to a country is not a subjective...

Finland drastically cuts tourist visas for Russians

Sep. 01, 2022 09:22 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland on Thursday slashed the number of visas issued to Russian citizens to a tenth of the regular amount in a move seen as a show of solidarity with Ukraine. Finland, which shares the longest border with Russia of all European Union member countries, announced...

EU to tighten travel rules for Russians, but no visa ban

Aug. 31, 2022 11:32 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — European Union countries agreed Wednesday to make it harder for Russian citizens to enter the 27-nation bloc, but they failed to find a consensus on imposing an outright tourist ban in response to Russia’s war on Ukraine. At talks in the Czech Republic, EU foreign...