Chubarov denies reports he wants Russian citizenship

23 April 2014 12:25
(QHA) -

Number of Ukrainian websites quoted the head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov as saying he was looking to get a Russian passport.

Mr. Chubarov now denies the reports that he intends to apply for Russian citizenship. 

"Asked by a Russian journalist: "Will you still get a Russian passport?" I replied: "I will live with my people, of course”. But living with my people on my native land does not mean that I will abandon the Ukrainian citizenship and get a Russian passport," he wrote on his Facebook page.

Residents of Crimean peninsula that was annexed by Russia last month, face the dilemma whether to apply for Russian citizenship or remain citizens of Ukraine.

As it was earlier reported, all Ukrainian citizens and people without citizenship permanently residing in Crimea and Sevastopol as of March 18, 2014 were recognized as citizens of the Russian Federation, except those who stated within April 18 that they want to remain citizens of Ukraine or have no citizenship.