According to him, the EU ambassadors discussed the issue of Russia handing its passports to those living in the war-affected areas of eastern Ukraine; seven member countries supported the idea of imposing sanctions on the Kremlin. The option not to let the Russian ID owners pass the EU border was considered, too.
Last month, Russian leader Vladimir Putin signed the decree, which simplified the procedure of granting Russian citizenship to the residents of occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The Russian authorities began to process such applications from citizens in Luhansk region on May 3. On May 9, the process was launched in Donetsk region.
Ukraine decisively condemned the action of the Russian leader, stating it would act in return. On May 8, the Ukrainian Government decided to consider the Russian passports issued to Ukrainians in Rostov region null and void. The Cabinet also said it would turn to the foreign governments, asking to consider such documents 'fake'. The EU officials commented on the issue and said they had no intentions to impose any new sanctions against Russia for this decision, as such measures could be harmful to Ukraine.