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The Spanish Authorities Insist On The General Criteria Within The Eu At The Opening Of The External Borders

The Spanish Authorities Insist On The General Criteria Within The Eu At The Opening Of The External Borders

The Spanish government insists on developing common criteria within the European Union when opening the external borders of the community to third-country citizens. This statement was made on Wednesday by Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya in an interview with TVE.

On Tuesday, the electronic version of the New York Times newspaper reported that the European Union is considering the possibility of temporarily refusing entry to its territory for residents of Russia, the United States, and Brazil due to the continuing unfavorable situation with the spread of a new coronavirus. The Minister was asked to comment on this information. "We want to set several criteria for third countries to gradually open the European space to third countries," said Gonzalez Laia.

"We will do this based on epidemiological criteria," she said. "There are places, for example, in Latin America, in the United States, where the epidemic has not yet reached its peak, so we want to be extremely careful when citizens of these countries arrive in Europe," the Spanish foreign Minister said, without naming Russia.

Journalists of the New York Times read the draft documents that are under consideration in Brussels before the partial opening of the external borders of the EU from July 1. According to the publication," two potential lists "of countries from which entry to the European Union will be allowed are currently being discussed during these discussions. Russia, the United States, and Brazil are not among them. Both lists, for example, include China, Vietnam, and Uganda.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 9.2 million people have been infected with the coronavirus in the world, and more than 475 thousand have died. In Russia, according to the Federal operational headquarters for the fight against coronavirus, 606,881 cases of infection were registered, 368,822 people recovered, and 8,513 died. As President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday, Russia managed to force the coronavirus to retreat and at the same time save tens of thousands of lives.