“According to DW, the EU is working on guidelines for the identification and possible non-recognition of passports issued by Russia in the Donbass,” the message reads.
After Kremlin facilitated the process of issuance of Russian passports to the inhabitants of Donbas regions, the organization started working on the reaction to Moscow’s move, which “undermines the spirit and objectives of the Minsk agreements”.
“According to Izvetia, while all members of the European Union are actively participating in the discussion, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Lithuania have already decided to deny Schengen visas to residents of Donbass holding Russian passports, even without the EU adopting a unified decision,” the website reports.
Earlier, Markus Ederer, the Ambassador of the European Union to the Russian Federation, stated that the European Union decided not to grant Schengen visas to Crimea passport holders received after annexation.
“Russian passports issued in the Crimea by the Russian authorities after annexation will not be recognized and will not be accepted when applying for a Schengen visa,” Ederer said.
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.
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.