Czechia announced Wednesday the suspension of visas granted to Belarusians, with the exception of humanitarian cases, because of the “role” of Belarus in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
“We have taken the same measure regarding visas (for Belarusians) as the one vis-à-vis Russia,” Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky told reporters.
The Czech Republic, a member of the EU and NATO, stopped issuing visas to Russians on February 25, the day after Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine.
Defense Minister Jana Cernochova said her ministry plans to send medical aid to Ukraine, including rescue backpacks and collapsible stretchers, worth nearly one million Euros.
The Czech Republic has already sent Ukraine 4,000 artillery shells, 30,000 pistols, 7,000 assault rifles, 3,000 machine guns, several dozen sniper rifles and about a million cartridges, as well as other unspecified military equipment .
The Czech government also announced the supply of civilian medical equipment worth nearly 4 million euros to Ukraine and declared a state of emergency, a legal tool intended to untie its fingers when it comes to aid to Ukraine.