The European Commission called on the EU member states not to recognize the Russian passports issued to Crimea’s residents after the annexation of the peninsula. This was announced by Deputy Justice Minister Sergei Petukhov during the parliamentary hearings "Strategy for Reintegrating the Temporarily Occupied Territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol into Ukraine."

“We raise the issue of Crimea in our relations with the EU, and I can inform you that on 10 June, the European Commission forwarded to all member states the guidance on non-recognition of international and internal passports issued in Crimea after the occupation and, consequently, it is impossible to obtain visas for these passports,” he said.

According Petukhov, the Ukrainian passports are the only documents being legitimate in the EU for residents of Crimea.

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