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Putin wants to make it easier for all Ukrainians access to Russian passports

Russian President Vladimir Putin is considering, according to his own words, the facilitation of the awarding of Russian passports to citizens of Ukraine. "We

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Putin wants to make it easier for all Ukrainians access to Russian passports

Russian President Vladimir Putin is considering, according to his own words, the facilitation of the awarding of Russian passports to citizens of Ukraine. "We actually think about it, to approve the citizenship in a simplified manner to all citizens of Ukraine, not only the inhabitants of the republics of Luhansk and Donetsk," Putin said on Saturday at the Silk road conference in Beijing.

Kiev reacted to the announcement with a Protest. The permanent representative of the Ukrainian government to the Council of Europe, Dmytro Kuleba, has condemned Putin's plans. Russia is a "further escalation and Chaos in the Ukraine wool," he wrote in the short message service Twitter. Therefore, Moscow is on "the rules of the game always make it more complicated", said Kuleba.

Putin said he was open to a conversation with the newly elected President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Selenskyj. "All this conflict of suffering," added Putin with a view on the fighting in the East of the country. There are fighting Ukrainian government forces for years against Russian-backed separatists, so far there have been approximately 13'000 Deaths.

EU condemns announcement

The people of Ukraine expected from the new leadership, solutions for the end of the war, said Putin. He had only signed on Wednesday a decree that citizens in the self-declared republics of Luhansk and Donetsk in the East of Ukraine, the award of Russian passports will be facilitated.

Accordingly, the decision of the Russian authorities should not take over an application for longer than three months. Who receives a Russian passport, according to Putin's information is also entitled to a pension and social aid from Russia. Germany, France and the EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, condemned the announcement. The step was taken a few days after the election, the political newcomer Selenskyj to the new head of state of Ukraine. (red/sda)

Created: 27.04.2019, 13:32 PM

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