MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Tallinn on Thursday rolled out another package of sanctions against Moscow banning Russian citizens from obtaining visas and residence permits for studying purposes and applying for short-term employment without a valid Estonian visa, the Government Communication Unit said.
"The Estonian government approved the sanction, which limits Russian citizens from applying for temporary residence permits or visas for the purpose of studying in Estonia. In addition, the sanction, established by the regulation, specifies that citizens of Russia and Belarus can register short-term employment only if they have a valid visa issued by Estonia," the unit said on the website.
Citizens of Russia and Belarus will no longer be able to apply for short-term employment while holding a visa issued by another member country to the European Union, and will no longer be able to apply for a long-term visa for employment.
"With this amendment, we will eliminate scenarios where a short-term Schengen visa is applied for, for tourism purposes, for example, from another member state in order to bypass the current sanction," Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said in the statement.
He noted that "the continuation of sanctions against Russia is essential to ensuring relentless pressure on the country" to stop the Ukraine conflict and ensure the security of Estonia.