Men of fighting age have been leaving Russia in droves since Vladimir Putin announced the mobilization. Many take the plane, for example to Serbia, Armenia or Georgia, but many others rush to the borders of the European Union which has not taken a common position.
With our correspondent in Brussels, Pierre Benazet
According to the European Commission, the EU is ” in principle in solidarity with Russians who have the courage to show their opposition to what Vladimir Putin’s regime is doing. She advocates a common position of all the States of the Union in the face of the influx of Russians at the borders and she also underlines that if someone asks for asylum, international law obliges them to examine their request.
But this common position must consider security issues “, implied on the screening of newcomers, for example. Mentioning security is not insignificant, because this solidarity in principle is perhaps wishful thinking.
Countries bordering Russia reluctant
The Europeans will find it difficult to tune their violins, because the countries bordering Russia are reluctant to welcome this influx of potential deserters with open arms. The Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs evokes considerable security risks and refuses in advance to consider them as conscientious objectors, because many of them have not protested against the fact that Russia kills Ukrainians. They have only to go, he concludes, to a non-European country.
Since the EU suspended the visa facilitation agreement at the end of August ” short trip with Russia, each of the 27 manages the issuance of visas as it sees fit.
►Also read: “People were in shock”: in Russia, partial mobilization causes panic