Extensive sanctions should be imposed for issuance of Russian passports in Donbas, - Ukraine's MFA

Source : 112 Ukraine

Klimkin started discussing the imposition of additional sanctions with the Foreign Minister of the EU member states
17:03, 13 May 2019

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin

Personal sanctions against Russia will not be enough to stop issuance of Russian passports to the residents of Donbas, as Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said at the briefing broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.

The Minister is convinced that this case requires large-scale sanctions as a systematic response. Klimkin calls issuance of Russian passports in Joint Forces Operation zone “a betrayal”.

“This time, it should not end with some formal sanctions, personal sanctions. This is something which we call “betrayal”. If we impose sanctions against 10, 20, 50 people – this won’t be a reaction. I have said today that this is a huge problem for us, for our national security. And not only of the occupied territory,” Klimkin said.

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Klimkin started discussing the imposition of additional sanctions with the Foreign Minister of the EU member states. According to him, some ministers do not support this opinion, yet the majority of the diplomats start “thinking about it”.

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.

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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. 

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.

Related: U.S. can impose sanctions on Russian due to issuance of passports to Donbas citizens, - Volker

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.

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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