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Russians will now be able to enter Ukraine only with passports

Россияне теперь смогут въезжать в Украину только по загранпаспортам

Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk signed a decree of the Government of Ukraine "On the suspension of certain provisions of the Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the Russian Federation on visa-free travel for citizens of Ukraine and the Russian Federation."

This was reported by the press service of the Cabinet.

At a meeting with the Minister of Justice of Ukraine Pavel Petrenko, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavel Klimkin, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Serhiy Chebotar, Chairman of the State Border Service of Ukraine Viktor Nazarenko, Deputy Chairman of the Security Service of Ukraine Viktor Yagunei, First Deputy Chairman of the State Migration Service Yuri Sergienko, Prime Minister Minister of Ukraine emphasized the need to strengthen control on the Russian-Ukrainian border and "the introduction of European rules for crossing states constant border, including Russian citizens. "

Arseniy Yatsenyuk said that the government adopted a decision to suspend certain provisions of the Agreement between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on visa-free travel for citizens of Ukraine and the Russian Federation: "We will seize the internal passport and birth certificate as the basis for crossing the Ukrainian state border."

The provision for the rest of the documents of citizens of the Russian Federation specified in the bilateral Agreement for entry into the territory of Ukraine, for example, a diplomatic and service passport, remains in force.

The Head of Government recalled that Russian President Vladimir Putin “asked to cross the state border exclusively on foreign passports”: “Well, we have heard his request. Now it is necessary that Russian citizens, as requested by Vladimir Putin, use exclusively international passports.”

Such a step, Arseniy Yatsenyuk emphasized, will significantly strengthen border controls and ensure the national security interests of Ukraine.

The Head of Government instructed the State Migration Service of Ukraine together with the State Border Service to control the length of stay of Russian citizens who arrived in Ukraine: "The Security Service of Ukraine accordingly receives additional information about the number and surname of citizens of the Russian Federation who cross the border."

It is also noted that he appealed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to inform Russia about the suspension of certain provisions of the Agreement on visa-free travel for citizens of Ukraine and the Russian Federation.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk also noted that the agreement on small border traffic with the Russian Federation does not meet European standards: "We have clearly defined zone and limits with our European partners, a registration certificate is issued for every citizen who can enjoy the privileges under the Small Border Traffic Agreement."

In addition, the Prime Minister appealed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with the relevant departments, on Wednesday to introduce a draft decision on bringing the Agreement on Small Border Traffic with the Russian Federation into line with European standards.

He recalled that by February 15, the State Migration Service of Ukraine should install 606 terminals for issuing biometric passports for citizens of Ukraine: "This question is under special control in me and throughout the country." Arseniy Yatsenyuk instructed to ensure the installation of these terminals, "so that people can freely obtain foreign passports and use them both for trips to EU member states and other countries."

During the meeting, the Chairman of the State Border Service of Ukraine Viktor Nazarenko said that in 2014 the department did not pass 46,834 foreign citizens across the state border, of which 15,500 were citizens of the Russian Federation: “This year, 2,895 citizens were missing, of which 432 were Russian citizens Federations. On behalf of law enforcement agencies, we detained 318 citizens who may have been involved in terrorist activities. "