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Estonia – no-country for Russian citizens from Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk

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Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu

Russian passports of people from Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts in Ukraine, which are illegally controlled by pro-Kremlin separatists, will not be recognised in Estonia, the Estonian Foreign Ministry has stated.

In an announcement of Monday, August 5, Estonian diplomats stated that Ministry made the decision with immediate effect to not recognise the passports issued by the Russian Federation to the residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts after April 24, 2019, if the user of the passport was previously not a Russian citizen.

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu, commented that the step is a response to the regulation signed by the Russian President in April that allows the expedited granting of Russian citizenship to the residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

«Granting expedited Russian citizenship to the residents of eastern Ukraine is another attempt to undermine the independence of Ukraine and perpetuate the current unstable security situation in eastern Ukraine. It goes completely against the spirit of the Minsk agreements,» Reinsalu said.

«Today’s decision by Estonia reflects our fundamental condemnation of Russia’s ambitions of this nature.»

Reinsalu also stated: «I believe that other member states of the European Union and the international community in general will soon make similar decisions. It is our duty to continue to actively support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine».

The Baltic country has previously decided not to recognise the passports of the Russian Federation issued in Crimea and Sevastopol to local residents after March 18, 2014 if the user of the passport was previously not a Russian citizen.


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