The Head of Estonian Foreign Ministry Urmas Reinsalu believes that the EU has to expand sanctions against Russia for issuance of Russian passports on the occupied territories of Ukraine.
“Russian provocative actions in Ukraine speak for themselves. EU should not recognize Russian passports issued to Ukrainians on the occupied territories and should consider expanding sanctions. EU will stand together for territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine,” he wrote on Twitter.
Earlier, Reinsalu claimed an intention to impose additional sanctions against Russia for the facilitated process of Russian passports issuance for the residents of ORDLO (Separated Districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, - ed.) and Crimea.
On May 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree granting the right to a simplified procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship to certain categories of citizens of Ukraine.
On April 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree according to which the procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship for residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions is simplified. Applications for entry into the citizenship of the Russian Federation, received from residents of occupied Donbas, should be considered no more than three months from the date of submission.
President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky stated that Ukraine will grant citizenship to representatives of all peoples suffering from authoritarian and corrupt regimes, and first of all to Russians.
Besides, he said that Russia should not spend their time in vain with their attempts to lure the citizens of Ukraine into getting Russian passports.
Current President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated that the order on the issuance of the Russian passports to the Ukrainian citizens on the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk is the attempt to justify and legitimize the military presence of Russia in Donbas.
Ukraine appealed to the UN Security Council after this decision and Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN Volodymyr Yelchenko called it to be the daring step, which contradicts the Minsk Agreements.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs reported that people who get Russian passports will lose their Ukrainian citizenship.