At the same time, EU countries note that Russians should stay and fight against the regime in their country.
European Council President Charles Michel is calling on European countries to allow entry to Russians who are in danger because of their political views.
As he noted in an interview with POLITICO, the EU must demonstrate “openness” and accept Russians who are being persecuted because they do not support the war against Ukraine.
“If people in Russia are in danger because of their political beliefs, because they are not following this crazy decision of the Kremlin to unleash this war in Ukraine, we must take this into account,” he said.
At the same time, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis calls the departure of men from Russia who are trying to avoid mobilization an escape from responsibility.
“Lithuania will not provide asylum to those who simply run away from responsibility. The Russians must stay and fight. Against Putin,” Landsbergis wrote on Twitter.
Partial mobilization in Russia and the position of European countries in relation to draft dodgers
As UNIAN wrote, according to reports from the Russian Defense Ministry, Russia is seeking to recruit another 300,000 people, and the media are also reporting about the plans of the country that unleashed the war against Ukraine to recruit a million people.
Earlier this week, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin announced the beginning of a partial mobilization. At the same time, the day before, the country significantly tightened the punishment for surrender and desertion, and now they restrict the exit of men outside the Russian Federation.
After the announcement of partial mobilization, some Russians began to protest – for the first time since spring. Also, the Russians began to flee en masse from the country.
Finland, where many Russians of military age are trying to get into, has announced its intention to completely restrict their entry. Also, countries such as Latvia, Estonia, Poland and the Czech Republic have stated that they will not issue humanitarian visas to those who want to avoid mobilization. Polish officials, in particular, stressed that these people are not rebelling against the Russian authorities, but “are afraid of the individual situation associated with conscription into the army.”
Other countries were not categorical on this issue. Thus, Germany declared that it was ready to host fugitives from mobilization, and Ireland that will consider the possibility of admitting those fleeing the mobilization.