Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Friday called on the British authorities not to grant visas to athletes from Russia and Belarus, who were allowed to participate in the tennis tournament Wimbledon.
Kuleba wrote this on Twitter.
According to the Ukrainian minister, Wimbledon’s decision to allow Russian and Belarusian players to compete is “immoral”.
“Has Russia ceased its aggression or atrocities? No, it’s just that Wimbledon decided to accommodate two accomplices in crime. I call on the UK government to deny visas to their players,” he said.
As it became known earlier on Friday, the organizers of one of the world’s most important tennis tournaments, Wimbledon, have lifted the ban on Russian and Belarusian tennis players.
At the same time, tennis players from Russia and Belarus will be required to sign a “declaration of neutrality” and not receive funding from their respective nations in order to participate in the tournament.
The organisers also promise to apply a “zero tolerance” approach to any flags, symbols or other actions supporting Russia, Belarus or war.