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Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda says Lithuania should extend its existing ban on Russian tourists beyond the middle of December when the state of emergency expires.
Nauseda says ban on Russian tourists should continue beyond December
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The legal regime expires on December 16 and includes the aforementioned restrictions on the entry of Russian citizens.

"In my opinion, it would be appropriate to do so," Nauseda said in an interview with BNS, asked whether the restrictions should be extended.

He also disagreed that Russia's invasion of Ukraine was "a war of (Vladimir) Putin and a few conspiring generals or politicians".

"Unfortunately, today we see that support for this war within Russia's society remains quite strong, despite going down. It means that we are dealing with a much more complex situation than it would appear at first sight. Therefore, we need to look for all means to tilt the war in Ukraine's favor and to bring the long-awaited victory as soon as possible," the Lithuanian president said.

The Baltic states and Poland closed their borders to Russian tourists on September 19, and Finland joined them later.

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