The newly elected president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that Russia should not spend their time in vain with their attempts to lure the citizens of Ukraine into getting Russian passports. Zelensky wrote on Facebook.
“…I would not advise the Russian authorities to waste time by trying to tempt Ukrainian citizens with passports of the Russian Federation,” Zelensky said.
The new leader of Ukraine suggested that those who were still under the influence of propaganda perhaps want to obtain Russian passports.
Perhaps someone will do it to earn money or to hide from criminal investigations.
Zelensky emphasized that the difference between Ukraine and Russia was that Ukrainians had freedom of speech, free media, and the Internet in their country.
“So we know perfectly well what Russian passport really means,” he claimed.
According to the newly elected president, the Russian passport gives the possibility to be arrested for a peaceful protest, to have no free and competitive elections, or even to forget about the existence of human rights and freedoms in general.
“Thus, you should not count on the fact that many Ukrainians want to become ‘the new oil’, which the authority tries to make from their own people,” Zelensky added.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin intends to issue passports of the Russian Federation under the simplified procedure to all the citizens of Ukraine.
Earlier, we reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree which facilitates the procedure of obtaining Russian citizenship for the residents of the occupied regions of Donetsk and Luhansk (ORDLO). According to the document, the application for Russia’s citizenship which ORDLO residents file should be considered within three months.