No consensus on EU handling of Russian deserters

The EU states continue to search for a common line in dealing with Russian conscientious objectors who want to leave their homeland. A first crisis meeting of the 27 EU ambassadors on Monday failed to produce a solution. The current Czech presidency of the EU Council only announced that the EU Commission had been asked to review, evaluate and, if necessary, update the latest guidelines on the issuance of visas, “taking into account the security concerns of the member states”.

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