Ukrainians in the occupied territory who have received Russian passports will not be able to use the visa-free regime with the European Union. This was announced by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on Monday on the air of the ICTV channel, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
Answering a question about whether there will be a possibility for residents of the occupied territories to more easily obtain passports, Petro Poroshenko said:
“Citizens of the occupied territories will not be more comfortable than citizens of the rest of Ukraine. Because the person in the occupied territory, the person in the annexed Crimea should choose whether one wants to be a citizen of Ukraine or a citizen of the aggressor country.”
At the same time the President assured that “for those citizens who remained loyal to Ukraine, the conditions for obtaining passports will be comfortable. But citizens who have acquired Russian citizenship will have serious difficulties in obtaining a biometric passport. ”
Earlier Poroshenko said that Ukrainians from Donbas and Crimea will use visa-free regime after these territories return to Ukraine. "Temporarily displaced persons can use the visa-free regime after carrying out the corresponding procedure and we will be very responsible regarding every biometric passport issued by the Ukrainian authorities, "Poroshenko said.