Minister for Temporary Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine Vadym Chernysh and Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality of Georgia Ketevan Tsikhelashvili discussed the situation in connection with the decision of the Russian Federation on expedited Russian citizenship for the residents of temporarily occupied parts of Donbas.
During the meeting, the Minister Ketevan Tsikhelashvili noted that Russia had used similar methods of influence in Georgia.
"In fact, the President of Russia repeated the same scenario in Ukraine which took place in the late 90's and early 2000's in Georgia, in particular, the Russian leadership began to issue Russian passports to the population of the temporarily occupied part of the Donbas. Unfortunately, for us it is a very familiar situation and we know what it leads to. Obviously, Ukrainian partners are also well aware of the gact that Kremlin needs such stock arguments to justify other illegitimate actions under the pretext of so-called "protecting the interests of their citizens." Unfortunately, we have already seen all this, including during the 2008 aggression. I hope that such things will not happen in Ukraine, which has suffered many trials in recent years. But it is clear that this is a very alarming signal that Russia is not going to refuse from its policy, as well as a signal to strengthen efforts of our international partners to confront heinous policy of the Russian Federation", Ketevan Tsikhelashvili stressed.
In turn, Vadym Chernysh noted the importance of Georgian experience in forecasting further steps of the Russian Federation and counteracting such steps: "I believe that Ukraine can not recognize the passports issued by the Russian Federation to our citizens living in the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas. And as the experience of Georgia shows, the issuance of passports will not affect the socio-economic status of the occupied territories and will not improve the well-being of the population forced to live in occupation. At the moment, our Ministry is preparing a number of proposals aimed to amend the legislation on non-recognition by Ukraine of relevant documents ".
It should be noted that in response to the decree by the President of the Russian Federation Ukraine asked to hold an extraordinary meeting of the UN Security Council.
Russia’s decision to grant expedited citizenship to residents of temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions caused a negative reaction from the international community.