President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko says that starting January 1, 2018 new rules of border crossing are to be introduced for citizens of the countries that pose risk to Ukraine, according to the official website of the president.
“In the next few hours the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine is to be published, which provides that starting January 1, 2018 the citizens of countries that pose risks to Ukraine are to cross the border with biometric passports. Those who don’t own such a passport will have to provide their biometric data at the border,” he said.
According to the president, the Ukrainian government is making up the list of these countries at the moment. Poroshenko also noted that the network for collecting biometric data at the border checkpoints is being created at a fast pace.
“It doesn’t mean there will be a ban, but during the border-crossing, the checkpoints must be provided with the necessary equipment, and the recording of the biometric data is to be enabled,” the president explained.
Poroshenko also described the three-stage procedure for these citizens. Firstly, the individuals are to submit a prior notification about their plans to come to cross the Ukrainian border. This means the database and border guards will be ready for it. Secondly, the data is to be recorded at the border, either through the biometric passport, or the collecting of biometric data. Lastly, individuals are to be registered at the place, where they are planning to stay.
“I believe that this practice is widespread. Under the conditions of the country being the object of military aggression by Russia, this practice is justified,” he added.
The president emphasized that such measures will enhance the national security level.