Dual citizenship in Ukraine: Government instructed to draft bill

Ukrainian News
Canan Kevser
02 March 2021, 14:59
Canan Kevser
02 March 2021, 14:59

The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC) has instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to draft a bill on dual citizenship.

Secretary of the NSDC Oleksiy Danilov announced this at a briefing after an NSDC meeting on February 26.

According to him, Russia at one time misused the instrument of dual citizenship when our [former] SBU head, defence minister, interior minister, and General Staff chief were citizens of the Russian Federation.

"It is very important for our state. You know that we are moving towards civilized countries that allow dual citizenship. But for our country, there are certain challenges associated with the fact that at one time, unfortunately, Russia used this tool – when our chief of the SBU [Security Service of Ukraine], the interior minister, the defence minister, the head of the General Staff were citizens of the Russian Federation. We cannot let it happen again," he stressed.

Danilov said similar challenges exist in other countries as well. Therefore, he said, the NSDC on February 26 decided that the government should propose a bill within two months that "will allow us to clearly understand persons with dual citizenship."

He also mentioned forced passportization by Russia in the occupied territories of Ukraine.

Explaining that those people who today are forcibly given citizenship in the occupied territories – Crimea and part of Donbas, Danilov said: "they, relatively speaking, receive those Ausweises [an allusion to ID documents issued by Nazi Germany's authorities to local residents during the German occupation of Ukraine in 1941-1944] that enable them to somehow live in that territory."

Also, Danilov expressed his conviction that Ukrainians who have Russian passports in the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas and Crimea will get rid of them when Ukraine regains these territories.

Answering a question from journalists what this bill should stipulate, Danilov explained that officials, lawmakers and those citizens who work in government agencies should not have dual citizenship.