Lithuania wants EU no to recognize Russian passports issued to Donbas residents

Lithuania wants EU no to recognize Russian passports issued to Donbas residents

Lithuanian diplomats are working towards a coordinated EU policy of not recognizing Russian passports issued to residents of the occupied territories of Donbas.

The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said this in a statement in response to a request from the Lithuanian media.

"We are currently actively working toward a coordinated EU-level response to Russia's ongoing violations of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity, including illegally issued documents of the Russian Federation to Ukrainian residents in the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, temporarily occupied by Russia," the ministry said.

The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry says that it has repeatedly stated in various international formats its position regarding non-recognition of these passports.

"Discussions are currently underway in Brussels where EU institutions and member states are looking for ways to technically implement a coordinated and united EU policy of non-recognition of these passports," the ministry said in the comment. "If such a common agreement is not reached, unilateral measures will be introduced," it added.

As reported, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia decided not to recognize Russian passports issued after April 24 to residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions if the holder of a passport was previously not a Russian citizen.


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