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Russia was not included in the new list of countries that the EU open border

The EU Council again included in the third updated list of countries with which member States are recommended to opening of external borders, should be published in Thursday statement of the Council.

The European Union has not added any new countries to the list, on the contrary, reduced, eliminating Algeria. So now the recommendations are just 12 (of the original 15) States: Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, and China, subject to the confirmation of reciprocity in the opening of borders.

Hungary in the EU first announced that it would let the Russians, but with one condition

Russia was among the so-called "yellow" zone – according to the decision of the Hungarian epidemiological authorities, reported on the official page in Facebook of the Embassy of this country in Russia. This means that from July 15, 2020, the Russians (unlike the citizens of the States "red" zone) will be able to travel to Hungary, but subject to certain conditions. The path to this European country is open to those who provide proof of negative tests for the presence of coronavirus.

In epidemiological measures, introduced in connection with COVID-19, 15 July 2020 rules of entry to Hungary will change.

The source called the timing of the adoption of the recommendation for opening EU borders

The EU Council has launched a written procedure to approve the recommendations regarding the opening of the external borders of the European Union, its completion is expected by midday on 30 June, told RIA Novosti source in the EU.

We are talking about recommendations regarding gradual removal of restrictions on travel to the EU for residents of third countries, said the Agency interlocutor.

The Council of the EU extended sanctions list for Venezuela

The Council of the EU on Monday expanded the list of Venezuelan officials, who are subject to restrictive measures "because of their role in actions and decisions, undermining democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela", and added 11 names, said in a statement from the EU Council.

"Today, the Council has added 11 high-ranking Venezuelan officials in the list of those subject to restrictive measures", - the document says.

The European Union has extended sanctions against Russia

The Council of the European Union extended sanctions against Russia, adopted in 2014, due to events in Ukraine.

The restrictions will be in effect until January 31, 2021.