Estonia would not recognize the passports of the Russian Federation, issued to the inhabitants of the occupied districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine through a simplified procedure after 24 April. The decision of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Estonia has taken today, August 5, the press service of the Ministry.
An exception is made for those who to obtain a passport was a citizen of the Russian Federation.
According to the Minister of foreign Affairs of Estonia Urmas Reinsalu, simplifying the procedure of issuing Russian passports to residents of Eastern Ukraine, Russia is trying to undermine Ukraine’s independence and to extend the current unstable situation in the East of Ukraine.
Estonia expresses its principled condemnation of the Kremlin.
Reinsalu expressed hope that other member States of the European Union and the international community will soon take similar decisions.
“It is our duty to continue to actively support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”, – said the head of the foreign Ministry of Estonia.
Note that earlier Estonia has decided not to accept Russian passports issued to residents of the annexed Crimea and Sevastopol after March 18, 2014, if the owner has not previously been a citizen of Russia.
Ukraine has condemned the decision of the Russian President and said that it would take action. So, on may 8 it became known that the Cabinet decided to annul Russian passports issued to Ukrainians in the two paragraphs of issuing passports in the Rostov region.
The European Union announced that it plans to impose new sanctions against the Russian Federation for its decision to distribute Russian passports in the Donbass. In their opinion, such sanctions could harm Ukraine.