Kramnik commented on Switzerland’s refusal to issue a visa to Karpov
Vladimir Kramnik said that Switzerland made a mistake by not giving former world chess champion Anatoly Karpov permission to enter the country.
“I believe that every country has the right to decide what it wants. My approach to this has always been very simple: if you don’t want to, and you don’t have to, I won’t go to you. It seems to me that there is no need to take offense at anyone. A strong person should have such an approach: do not let — well, it’s worse for you.
I think Anatoly Evgenievich will live perfectly well without this and will feel great. This is a country’s problem: if it does not want to let outstanding musicians, chess players, then this country will not have advantages. And Anatoly Evgenievich won’t even notice it,” – said the fourteenth world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik.
Recall that Anatoly Karpov was supposed to fly to Switzerland for the screening of the film “World Champion”, which tells about the title match in 1978 between Karpov and Korchnoi, who emigrated to Switzerland.