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Belarus to selectively allow entry of Donbas residents with "DPR/LPR" passports
21:52, 22 February 2017
Belarus to selectively allow entry of Donbas residents with "DPR/LPR" passports

Such decision is connected with Lukashenko’s decree "Regarding stay of Ukrainian citizens in Republic of Belarus"

21:52, 22 February 2017

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The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus announced that citizens who provide documents issued by the authorities of the so-called "LPR" and "DPR" will be allowed to enter the country, but decisions will be taken selectively. This was reported by Konstantin Shalkevich, the Head of Information Department of the Internal Ministry, according to BBC.

"At first we will identify the person with the "DPR" and "LPR" documents upon arrival, then we will take decision to allow entry on a case by case basis depending on the circumstances,"

At the same time, he noted that most people arriving in Belarus with such documents fall within the Alexander Lukashenko’s decree "Regarding stay of Ukrainian citizens in Republic of Belarus" from August 2014. According to this order, displaced persons from Luhansk and Donetsk regions are exempted from providing some documents if they cannot be provided due to objective reasons.

Shalkevich also reminded that "DPR" and "LPR" are unrecognized republics. "Due to this fact, documents issued by these republics are invalid in the territory of Belarus," he said.

Related: OSCE: "DPR/LPR" passports recognition is step back in Minsk agreements

Related: US Embassy stated that Russia’s recognition of "DPR/LPR" passports contradicts Minsk process

Related: Russian MFA explained decision to recognize LNR-DNR passports by humanitarian grounds

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