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#Commentary of Ekaterina Martyanova on Kiev’s decision to introduce procedure for crossing Ukraine’s border on biometric passports

The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine decided to introduce a new procedure for crossing the border of Ukraine on biometric passports from January 1, 2018. In my opinion, this is a kind of disguised introduction of a visa regime with Russia.

According to NSDCU Secretary Alexander Turchinov, the decision was made with the aim of strengthening security: “This is necessary so that saboteurs, terrorists, spies cannot cross our border with false documents.” Such a ‘universal’ wording is used in all cases to justify the upcoming inconveniences to the people of Ukraine. In the same way, they explained the blocking of Russian social networks, software, the work of Russian banks, and much more. But at that time there was no response to the actions of the Ukrainian authorities.

First deputy head of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security Franz Klintsevich recalled that the retaliatory steps that will necessarily follow, “to some extent, may affect four million Ukrainians working in Russia.” Forced return to Ukraine, or the situation in which the Ukrainian migrant workers will have to pay the lion’s share of their earnings to pay for a bunch of documents and legalization rather than sending them home, is unlikely to have a positive impact on both the Ukrainian economy and the mood of Ukrainians working in Russia. Perhaps, the Ukrainian authorities do not see the benefits of the incomes that are transferred to Ukraine by citizens who earn in Russia of necessity. Although the problems of these citizens – this is the last thing that interests the Ukrainian government.

The Kiev authorities are ready to sacrifice the lives of millions of their citizens working in the Russian Federation and their families in Ukraine to increase the degree of Russophobia.

Ekaterina Martyanova, the DPR People’s Council deputy

Official website of the DPR People’s Council 

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