Foreign Ministry of Germany refuted the report of Bild that the German government makes no distinction between common Russian passports and those, which are issued on the order of Putin to the citizens of occupied Ukrainian Donbas, as DW reported.
According to the respond, the German ministry knows any case when the owners of such passports got visas. The foreign ministry reminded that the citizens of occupied territories may appeal with the Ukrainian passport and enter the territory of Germany without visa.
“Germany holds negotiations at the EU level on the united address concerning the passports issued in the east of Ukraine. The technical details of such a model will be specified,” the ministry noted.
The department reminded that the position of official Berlin on this issue fully corresponds to the statement made at EU-Ukraine summit on July 10, 2019. It states: “the EU in the close coordination with its international partners is ready to consider the further variants, including unrecognized Russian passports, issued in violation of Minsk Agreements.
Earlier, Bild reported that Germany visas Russian passports issued to the citizens of occupied Ukrainian Donbas.
On April 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree which facilitates the procedure of obtaining Russian citizenship for the residents of the occupied regions of Donetsk and Luhansk (ORDLO). According to the document, the application for Russia’s citizenship, which ORDLO residents file should be considered within three months.
On June 14, it was reported that the citizens of occupied Donbas began to get the passports of the Russian Federation. These IDs were registered in the simplified order in accordance with the April order of the Russian president.