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Kuleba: Ukrainians from diaspora should obtain dual citizenship

Source : 112 Ukraine

At the same time, the Vice Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic integration strongly rejects the possibility of the recognition of Russian citizenship as the second one
21:31, 26 October 2019

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Provision of the dual citizenship to Ukrainians will allow to use the potential of the fellow countrymen from diaspora who strive for helping the motherland of their ancestors. ZN.UA reported this, citing Dmytro Kuleba, the Vice Prime Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

“If in the future the new representatives of diaspora from Canada or the U.S. who are ready to work for our country will appear in the Ukrainian government, the Ukrainian state should have the ready-made model of the cooperation with them instead of inventing all kinds of schemes,” Kuleba believes.

Secondly, the liberalization of the policy in the citizenship sphere will provide the possibility to keep millions of Ukrainians in Ukrainian space who moved out of Ukraine and got the citizenship of another country. But those who want to retain their link with the motherland must enjoy the opportunity to do so. “We should not reject these people. We have already lost a lot of them,” the Vice Prime Minister reported.

Related: Russia to simplify obtaining citizenship for Ukrainians, Belarusians as Russian language native speakers

At the same time, the official strongly rejects the possibility of the recognition of Russian citizenship as the second one. “The right of the dual citizenship should not be applied to the aggressor state in any way”.

Earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky ordered the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine to develop the procedures of the provision of the second Ukrainian citizenship to the Ukrainians who live abroad. He also ordered to simplify the procedure of the provision of the Ukrainian citizenship to people, whose rights and freedoms are violated.

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