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Ukraine's Deputy Minister of Temporarily Occupied Territories speaks against dual citizenship in Ukraine

“There’s a martial law active on the territory of our country, how should a man act – as a Ukrainian citizen or as a citizen of another country,” Tuka says
13:39, 4 March 2019

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Georgy Tuka, Ukraine's Deputy Minister of Temporarily Occupied Territories, stated that he doesn’t support the offer by Ukraine’s Foreign Minister on double citizenship, 112 Ukraine TV channel reports.

“I don’t support this thesis. As a citizen, I can’t accept, and no one hasn’t yet proven me the contrary, what’s the practicability or safety of the thesis on double citizenship. This has absolutely nothing to do with the events happening in the country. I have a big number of questions that I haven’t got the answers yet. For example, there’s a martial law active on the territory of our country, how should a man act – as a Ukrainian citizen or as a citizen of another country,” Tuka says.

The Deputy Minister added that if a certain part of the citizens get the citizenship of the Russian Federation, then the thesis will be used for protection of avoided criminal responsibility for their actions, using citizenship of other countries. When they literally escape the country, we have no opportunity to bring them to responsibility because the country, whose citizenship they possess, does not have criminal extradition,” Tuka noted.

Related: Over 83,000 Ukrainians got Russian citizenship in 2018

As we reported earlier, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister announced that the status of dual citizenship should be legitimized in Ukraine.

Related: Hungary opens 370 cases against Ukrainians suspected in illegal citizenship

“I think that it is necessary to allow dual citizenship. Yes, we need it. However, there should be no dual citizenship with the country-aggressor under no circumstances. It will be discussed only when they return us Donbas and Crimea,” Klimkin stated during his speech near the moored U.S. destroyer Donald Cook in Odesa.

Related: Court removes Suprun from Acting Health Minister's office due to her dual citizenship

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