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Estonian Foreign Minister offers extra sanctions against Russia

Urmas Reinsalu intends to offer anti-Russian sanctions for its simplified passportization in Crimea and Donbas
12:43, 10 May 2019

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Foreign Minister of Estonia Urmas Reinsalu intends to impose extra sanctions against Russia due to its passportization in the simplified order for citizens of the occupied Donbas and Crimea as Festi Paevaleht reported.

Reinsalu plans to propose such an offer at the meeting of the Foreign Minister of the EU countries on May 13.

“Russia is a nuclear country, which used force against the neighboring countries twice during the last decade. The support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the state and relevant treatment of such acts of aggression meet the interests of Estonia,” Reinsalu said.

Reinsalu added that he “asked Foreign Ministry to analyze the possible restrictive measures, concerning the last steps of Russia, when it began to issue passports in Crimea and Donbas, violating Minsk Agreements”.

Related: DNR starts receiving application for illegal issuance of Russian passports

On May 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree granting the right to a simplified procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship to certain categories of citizens of Ukraine.

On April 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree according to which the procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship for residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions is simplified. Applications for entry into citizenship of the Russian Federation, which are received from residents of ORDLO, should be considered no more than three months from the date of submission.

President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky stated that Ukraine will grant citizenship to representatives of all peoples suffering from authoritarian and corrupt regimes, and first of all to Russians. 

Related: Ukraine's govt wants to sanction Russians for illegal issuance of Russian passports

Besides, he said that Russia should not spend their time in vain with their attempts to lure the citizens of Ukraine into getting Russian passports

Current President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated that the order on the issuance of the Russian passports to the Ukrainian citizens on the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk is the attempt to justify and legitimize the military presence of Russia in Donbas.

Ukraine appealed to the UN Security Council after this decision and Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN Volodymyr Yelchenko called it to be the daring step, which contradicts the Minsk Agreements.

Related: Ukraine not to recognize Russian passports issued to Donbas residents

Ukraine’s Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs reported that people who get Russian passports will lose their Ukrainian citizenship.

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