We need fair, frank discussion on dual citizenship, - Ukraine's Foreign Minister

Source : 112 Ukraine

Minister Klimkin emphasized that it is necessary to consider the interests of the Ukrainians with the dual citizenship who want to work in Ukraine
18:51, 3 October 2018


Ukraine needs a fair and frank discussion on the dual citizenship. Pavlo Klimkin, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, claimed this during the meeting with his Moldovan colleague as 112 Ukraine reported.

"I think that we really need a frank and fair discussion on our current situation. We know that dozens of thousands of the Ukrainian citizens have a second citizenship. How do we treat these citizens? The law states that we consider them as the citizens of Ukraine," he said.

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According to the minister, a new legislation should consider the interests of the Ukrainians with the dual citizenship who want to work back home.

"I do not mean that we should talk about the ways to secure it, but we need a new discussion. I am sure that we need a new legislation. But there are flagrant things: dozens and hundreds Ukrainian with the Canadian or American citizenship who want to work here, in Ukraine, help it. Why can't we decide the issue on their ability to work there, including our state bodies," he concluded.

Related: Ukraine's problem 'lies in relations with Hungarian community', - Foreign Minister

Earlier, Ukrinfrom published a video where a few Ukrainians receive Hungarian passports and owe allegiance to Hungry in the Consulate in Berehove, Zakarpattia region. The Hungarian diplomat recommended not to inform the Ukrainian authorities about receiving the new documents. 

Yuriy Lutsenko, Prosecutor General, claimed that Ukraine's Security Service investigates this case; however, the service denied this.

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Tamás Menczer, Hungary’s Foreign Minister Spokesperson, later reported that Hungary did not intend to withdraw its consul from Berehove due to the scandalous video about the issuance of Hungarian passports to the Ukrainians.

In its turn, Ukraine claimed that in case, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary does not withdraw their consul from Berehove, and then Ukraine will offer him to abandon the territory.

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