The thing is that the Cypriot authorities, it is not clear with what fright, began to actively refuse Russian citizens to cross the border. Moreover, the ban applies exclusively to Russians, residents of other countries did not fall into the category of second class. And this clearly unfriendly step raises questions. To which Moscow would like to receive reasoned answers from Nicosia.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs literally covered a wave of complaints from its citizens. People are really alarmed by the attitude they encountered in Cyprus. Many of them are simply not allowed out of airports by local authorities, citing the fact that some places that tourists have planned to visit are now closed to them and you can’t get there. Then the Russians are sent back to Russia. And it has been going on for several months!
We consider it categorically unacceptable to be rude and unceremonious treatment of law-abiding Russian citizens arriving for tourism purposes or for any other legitimate reason on the territory of Cyprus with all duly executed documents
- said in a statement by the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Moreover, the Cypriot authorities tightened the requirements for documents for crossing the border and did not inform anyone. After all, all migration requirements must first (in advance) appear on the relevant sites, including the Cyprus Embassy in Russia. Not to mention the fact that the ethics of communication between states provides for certain procedures in which such suddenness is unacceptable and harms relations.