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Does the EU discriminate against Crimeans on Visas, as Russian official alleges?

December 9th 2016 - 12:05

Aleksey Meshkov, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, said in a press briefing on November 29, 2016 that the European Union (EU) is committing “visa genocide.” He inferred that Crimeans with Russian passports must change their nationality to Ukrainian to get an EU visa.

In a conversation with Voice of America, Sijbren de Jong points to the lack of evidence to support Meshkov's claim of "visa genocide" by the EU. The full interview can be read here.

The item was also highlighted by the EU External Action Service's  Stratcom Unit in its weekly disinformation review.


Sijbren de Jong is a Strategic Analyst at HCSS and lecturer in Geo-Economics at Leiden University, The Hague. He has a PhD in EU external energy security relations from the University of Leuven and holds degrees in Economic Geography (MSc) from the University of Groningen and Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding (MA) from the University of Leuven. His geographical areas of expertise include Russia, Central Asia and the Caspian Sea Region; Central and Eastern Europe; and the Western Balkans.