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Here are the highlights of events related to the war in Ukraine over the past 24 hours:
Zelensky called on the EU to stop Russian state media in Europe
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called on the European Union to ban all Russian state television channels from its territory in order to limit the Russian propaganda that Europeans are exposed to.
He made the call during a remote speech at the Forum 2000 conference in Prague, which ran parallel to the informal meeting of European foreign ministers.
"Not a single Russian propaganda broadcaster should remain on the territory of the European Union. Not a single Russian state television channel should be allowed to operate on the territory of the European Union," Zelensky said.
The EU has already banned several Kremlin-linked Russian media outlets, including Russia Today (RT), RTR/RTR Planeta and Россия 24/Russia 24, under the first and sixth packages of sanctions imposed on Moscow over the war in Ukraine.
Zelensky was also the initiator of the demand that the EU stop issuing visas to Russian citizens in an attempt to pressure the Kremlin from the citizens to stop the war. As a result, on Wednesday, EU foreign ministers took a decision in principle to end the visa-relaxed regime with Russia, significantly reducing the number of Schengen visas issued. A complete ban is out of the question for now, as some countries do not agree.
The EU is suspending visa relief for Russians but not imposing a complete ban on entry
The EU is suspending the visa facilitation agreement with Russia but not a complete visa ban. This was announced by the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Peter Szijjarto.