Estonia will not be recognizing passports of the Russian Federation, issued to the residents of occupied Donbas and Luhansk regions in Ukraine under a simplified procedure since April 24. Such a decision was made by the Estonian MFA today on August 5, as the press service of the institution reports.
The exception will be made for those who received passports of the Russian Federation on the territory of the occupied Donbas.
According to Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu, the Russian Federation is trying to undermine Ukraine’s independence and to prolong the unstable situation in Donbas by simplifying the procedure of issuing passports to the residents of eastern Ukraine.
Estonia condemns Kremlin’s actions.
Reinsalu expressed hope that other EU member states and the international community would also take similar decisions soon.
“It is our responsibility to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” the Minister stated.
Earlier we reported that on April 24, 1029, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed the decree, facilitating the procedure of obtaining the Russian citizenship for the residents of the occupied regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.
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 EU ambassadors have also discussed Russia’s decision and agreed to ban those citizens from entering the EU.
“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,” journalist of Radio Liberty in Brussels Rikard Jozwiak wrote on his Twitter.