Australia has rejected Ukraine’s call to stop Russian tourists from entering the country.
Defence Minister Richard Marles said Australia’s sanctions were focused on the Russian government, “not the Russian people themselves.”
“This is not something we are considering at the moment but we are very much a part of the global base of sanctions against the Russian regime,” he told the ABC on Sunday.
It comes after Vasyl Myroshnychenko, the Ukrainian ambassador to Australia, called on the government to “ban the issuance” of Russian tourist visas but continue issuing refugee visas for those fleeing Russia.
In a post on Twitter, Myroshnychenko claimed that a majority of the Russian people supported the war in Ukraine and therefore must be held accountable….
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