EU and Russia on the brink of WAR as Kremlin official blames Brussels for “VISA GENOCIDE”


Putin’s deputy foreign minister has slammed Eurocrats for making ordinary Russians hostages to a Western political agenda and claimed the move is a violation of human rights.

Aleksey Meshkov said: “Today, I raised the question about the visa genocide of Crimean residents, and I raised it in a very harsh way.

“Because it is not right to make 2.5million people hostages of their [European] political objectives and demand that they change the citizenship that they had once accepted. This is nonsense.”

The Russian official claimed he was confused by European politicians who wanted to force Crimeans to have a Ukrainian passport again – claiming the only reason was so citizens could “travel to Brussels”.

Following a meeting with new deputy general of the European External Action Service Jean-Christophe Belliard, Meshkov added: “One thing is to accept or not accept the evident fact that Crimea had reunited with Russia, and another thing is the life of ordinary people who understandingly chose Russian citizenship and received Russian passports.”

Meshkov added the restriction on Russian citizens living in the annexed region contradicted the western tradition of raising human rights at every possible occasion.

Since Putin”s forces stormed the former Soviet region in 2014, the EU has slapped numerous sanctions on its citizens and companies, including a refusal to issue EU entry visa to Crimeans with Russian citizenship.

Crimea voted to rejoin Russia in 2014 after a referendum found 96 per cent of voters in the region were in favour of the move.

Ukraine risks a “frightening and undesirable” war with Russia after plans were announced to launch missiles over the Black Sea – territory that Russia now claims as its own after the illegal annexation of Crimea.

He said: “Ukraine carries out the missile tests within the framework of all the international obligations and treaties.

“That”s why we ask Russia not to hinder the tests by its hysterics and provocations.”