Ukraine may introduce biometric visas for Russians, - MFA

Source : 112 Ukraine

Foreign minister insists on the need for prior approval of the visits of Russians to Ukraine
19:09, 6 October 2018
Ukraine may introduce biometric visas for citizens of the Russian Federation. Pavlo Klimkin, Foreign Minister of Ukraine said this on the air of 'UA: Kharkiv'.

According to him, the biometric control system on the border with Russia proved to be effective, since a data bank with biometric information is being created. This is justified, taking into account the recent case of poisoning of the former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal, the minister said.

'We are creating a data bank, we are well aware that there can be manipulations, as you can see. If there is biometric data, we know perfectly well what kind of people are we talking about, and just changing documents will not help them,' said Klimkin.

At the same time, the minister insists on the need for prior approval of the visits of Russians to Ukraine. According to him, currently, the authorities provide control of the movement of those citizens of the Russian Federation who appear to be possible suspects.

'But, of course, it’s quite difficult to keep track of everyone. Ordinary visas with Russia will not help us ... if it’s not efficient enough, we will need to think about introducing biometric visas,' he added.

Earlier, the 
Minister of Foreign Affairs excluded the possibility of the closure of Russian consulates in Ukraine. He claimed this in the interview that he gave to one of Ukrainian TV channels.  

‘First of all, we don’t have diplomatic relations with Russia: we don’t have ambassadors, the diplomats don't do any political or other activity. Our diplomats just help Ukrainians, in particular, political prisoners. From the utilitarian perspective, it would be easier to no have our diplomats in Russia... but from the practical point of view, it is impossible not to have a representative or someone who can care about Ukrainians,’ he said. 

The Minister reminded that almost three million Ukrainians stay in Russia despite the conflict in Donbas. 

Earlier, Ukrinform news agency published a video where a few Ukrainians got Hungarian passports and owed allegiance to Hungary. It was filmed at the Hungarian Consulate in Berehove, Zakarpattya region, western Ukraine; the Hungarian diplomat recommended not to inform the Ukrainian authorities about receiving the new documents. 

Later, Pavlo Klimkin said that the video is being checked for authenticity. If it is authentic, the Hungarian consul might be expelled from the country.  

In his turn, Péter Szijjártó, the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, claimed the attempts to intimidate the Transcarpathian Hungarians and threatened to make Ukraine’s integration more complicated 

Later it was also reported that for seven years, the Hungarian consulates in Berehove and Uzhhorod of Zakarpattia region have been granting Hungarian citizenship to local residents who are citizens of Ukraine.

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