Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin met Foreign Minister of Lithuania Linas Linkevicius. Lithuanian official stood for the support of Ukraine and found the issuance of the Russian passports to Donbas citizens the violation of the international legislation as 112 Ukraine reported.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister thinks that Ukraine will face changes. He added that he will continue to support Ukraine.
Linkevicius condemned the decision of Russia to issue passports to the citizens of occupied areas of Donbas and the possibility to get Russian citizenship. He thinks that the Russian government violates international legislation with such actions.
“Russia has begun to issue the passports in the territory of temporary occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and it is the daring violation of the international legislation and it will lead to the legal, financial, political and other consequences,” Linkevicius added.
In his turn, Pavlo Klimkin states that they agreed on the further discussion of the extra sanction against Russia during the next session of the EU Foreign Ministers.
“We work to build the international responsibility. Linas will talk about it during the next session of the EU Foreign Ministers. We are united in the decision that not only political pressure on Russia is necessary but also the extra sanctions. Here, I think, we should think about sectoral and economic sanctions. We have begun to discuss it,” Klimkin said.
On April 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree which facilitates the procedure of obtaining the 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.
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.
As it was reported, Russia wanted to facilitate the process of obtaining Russian citizenship for the residents of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics after presidential elections in Ukraine. Putin’s decree was required for that.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs reported that people who get Russian passports will lose their Ukrainian citizenship.