The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine demands to immediately cancel all unlawful decisions on the Russian passportisation of Ukrainian citizens. The corresponding note of protest will be handed to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the press service of the department reports.
“The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine strongly condemns the next step of the Kremlin regime to expand the categories of Ukrainian citizens who can be granted Russian citizenship in a simplified manner. This is another gross violation of the international law and state sovereignty of Ukraine by the Russian Federation,” the ministry stated.
The diplomatic department also said that Ukraine reserves the right to take effective measures to protect national security, the legal rights and interests of its citizens in accordance with international law.
It is also planned to continue active work on increasing the sanctions pressure on the Russian Federation.
“Foreign diplomatic institutions of Ukraine are instructed to immediately inform foreign capitals about the“ passport aggression ”of the Russian Federation. We expect our international partners to strengthen sanctions against the Kremlin regime,” the agency added.
The corresponding note of protest will be immediately handed to the Russian Foreign Ministry.
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, Putin signed a decree that simplifies the procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship for residents of the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. 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.
Zelensky, in response, said that Ukraine would grant citizenship to representatives of all peoples suffering from authoritarian and corrupt regimes, and first of all to the Russians.
He also said that Russia should not waste time trying to seduce Ukrainian citizens with Russian passports.
The current president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, said that the issuance of Russian passports in the Donbas is an attempt to justify and legitimize Russia's military presence in the occupied part of Ukraine. Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that Ukraine is preparing a new package of sanctions.
Ukraine appealed to the UN Security Council after Russia simplified the procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship. The representative of Ukraine at the UN called it a bold step, contrary to the Minsk agreements.