The Lithuanian authorities refused to issue a visa to a Russian citizen who had a passport indicating Crimea as part of Russia, Interfax informs referring to the Speaker of the Lithuanian Foreign Minister Kęstutis Vaškelevičius, Joinfo.ua reports.
“A citizen of Russia appealed to our consulate to issue him a facilitated transit document. Our consulate refused to issue a facilitated transit document, and yesterday the citizen was made aware of this,” said Vaškelevičius.
On Twitter, the Latvian Foreign Ministry posted a photocopy of the document, which shows that the passport was issued in December 2013.
“In accordance with the law of the European Union, a facilitated transit document is equivalent to a Schengen transit visa, and in accordance with the Visa Code there is a legal basis for refusal to issue a Schengen visa, if there are reasonable doubts as to the authenticity of the document provided or reliability of its content,” Vaškelevičius explained.