The EU ambassadors are discussing the Russian Federation’s decision to issue passports to the residents of the occupied Donbas. The journalist of Radio Liberty in Brussels, Rikard Jozwiak wrote this on his Twitter.
“Today EU ambassadors are discussing Moscow’s move to give Russian passports to people in eastern Ukraine. The work to ban those passport holders to enter the EU will take time, with Crimea it was around 18 months but it will happen,” Jozwiak reported.
As we reported, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed the decree, which facilitates the procedure of obtaining the Russian citizenship for the residents of the occupied regions of Donetsk and Luhansk (ORDLO).
Ukraine condemned the decision of the Russian President and stated that the particular measures would be assumed. Ukraine’s Government decided to recognize Russian passports invalid in two passport offices in Rostov region.
“The order of the Cabinet of Ministers was adopted, it provides passport offices set by the Russian Federation starting from some dates set in the order. Since the decision was made, all the documents issued by these bodies will be recognized invalid.”
As the result, the EU does not intend to impose new sanctions against Russia for its decision to issue Russian passports to Donbas residents, as Foreign Ministers of EU member states believe that sanctions would harm Ukraine.