Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius claimed that the order on facilitating passports issued by Russian President Vladimir Putin is meant to test Ukraine’s new leader Volodymyr Zelensky, as Reuters reported.
This is a blatant violation of the international law. And, basically, also a kind of test to the new (Ukrainian) leadership, which is also a usual game,” Linkevicius said.
Linkevicius believes that the West should think about imposing new sanctions on Russia.
“The least we can do (is) we shouldn’t recognize these passports. How to do that technically, it’s another issue to discuss. Also (we need) to look at additional sanctions,” Lithuania’s Foreign Minister added.
Zelensky also raised the possibility of resetting the Minsk ceasefire agreement without giving any concessions to Russia, according to Linkevicius.
As it was reported, Russia wanted to facilitate the process of obtaining Russian citizenship for the residents of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics after presidential elections in Ukraine. Putin’s decree was required for that.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs reported that people who get Russian passports will lose their Ukrainian citizenship.