A call to ban Russian tourists from entering Australia was swiftly dismissed by Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles.
Ambassador of Ukraine to Australia Vasyl Miroshnichenko called on the government to follow in the footsteps of a number of Eastern European countries.
Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania this month took steps to ban Russians from visiting the country on tourist visas to put pressure on President Vladimir Putin.
But this call was rejected by Mr. Marles, who pointed out that the main burden of foreign governments should be felt by the regime, not the Russian people.
“It’s not something we’re looking at at the moment, but we’re very much part of the global sanctions base against the Russian regime,” he said.
Australia is counting on long-term support for Ukraine, but the government insists they are deciding how to resolve the “protracted conflict”.
The federal government allocated 60 Australian-made Bushmasters, of which 40 were sent to the battlefield.
“Our goal is to give Ukraine itself the opportunity to be at the center, no matter how it is decided. It has to be resolved on their terms,” Mr Marles said.
During a meeting in Uzbekistan, President Putin noted Xi Jinping’s concern about the war after a week of Ukraine claiming 8,000 square kilometers of territory.
Mr Marles said there was a “degree of humiliation” for Russia about the state of the conflict, but insisted it would not deter China.
“I see their meeting in Uzbekistan as another step in the development of relations, frankly, between Russia and China,” he said.
“It’s part of the landscape of strategic circumstances that we have to face.”
Asked what message Beijing should take from the conflict, Mr Marles said people were fighting for their homeland.
“China will be watching this, as I suppose we all are,” he added.
Originally published as Australia has no plans to ban Russian tourists, says Marles