14 May 2019, 11:34

Rejection of Minsk and surprises for Russia. Klimkin explained what comes after giving out Russian passports to ORDLO residents

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Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that Kyiv is preparing surprises in response to Russia’s decision to simplify the granting of Russian citizenship to residents of the occupied areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions (ORDLO).

The Head of the foreign policy department spoke about the situation during the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the creation of the EU Eastern Partnership project in Brussels, European Truth reports.

According to Klimkin, Ukraine has several ideas in its arsenal.

Some ideas are related to the application of practical, technical things of biometrics. Some are related to the subsequent census of the population. And many others.

The Ukrainian minister noted that some surprises will be made at the level of special services.

According to him, at a meeting in Brussels, the ministers discussed the need to find a consolidated response to Russia’s actions, “because it is a threat not only for countries bordering today’s Russia, but it is a threat to the entire EU.”

At the same time, Klimkin warned Ukraine’s European partners against lifting sanctions on Russia.

If now, after Russia began issuing passports [to ORDLO residents – ed.], you take steps towards Russia, then the whole logic of what we have done so far is totally destroyed.

The Foreign Minister said that Ukraine is ready to refuse to comply with the Minsk agreements in case Germany, France and other states achieve the lifting of sanctions pressure from the Russian Federation in the Council of Europe.

Earlier, Veterans Affairs Minister Iryna Friz said that citizens of Ukraine living in the temporarily occupied territory of Donbas who received a passport of the Russian Federation under the simplified procedure can be deprived of Ukrainian pensions and social benefits.

And according to Deputy Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories Yury Hrymchak, Ukraine will have no problems to get lists of citizens who will accept Russian citizenship.

On April 24, Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the simplified procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship for ORDLO residents.