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Ukrainian Zelensky demands travel ban for Russians entering Western countries

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on Western governments to ban Russians from entering the country. It declares that Russians should "live in their own world until they change their philosophy."

The besieged nation's leader made the request in an interview with his Post in Washington on Monday , the Pentagon further announced $1 billion in aid. Parcels to Ukraine to Ukraine.

Zelensky told the newspaper, "The most important sanction is to close the borders, because the Russians are taking other people's land."

However, the Washington Post notes that such a ban applies unfairly to Russians who fled the country simply because they opposed President Vladimir Putin's February invasion of Ukraine.

However, Zelensky argued that the state should not discriminate against Putin's critics.

"Any kind of Russian... Let them go to Russia," he told the newspaper.

"Then they will understand," the president said in an interview. “They said, ‘This [war] has nothing to do with us.

Zelensky told the newspaper that “the most important sanctions are to close the borders — because the Russians are taking away someone else’s land.”
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Russian tourists have their passport checked on July 28, 2022 at the Nuijamaa border crossing.
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin reportedly expressed support for restricting tourist visas for Russians.

"Do you hate this quarantine?" Zelensky continued. "You are telling the whole world that you must live by your rules. Then go and live there. This is the only way to influence Putin."

Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin reportedly voiced support for limiting tourist visas for Russians .

But the Kremlin on Tuesday hit back at Zelensky's travel ban.

"The absurdity of his thinking in this case is out of scale," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on a conference call with reporters.

"This is seen only in a very negative light. Attempts to isolate Russia and Russians are a hopeless process."