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 "We have no intention to open Pandora's box," – FM Klimkin on dual citizenship

The introduction of dual citizenship in Ukraine is "fundamentally unacceptable" under ongoing aggression of the Russian Federation in the Donbas and the occupation of Crimea.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said at a joint press conference with Foreign Ministers of Hungary Péter Szijjártó, Slovakia Miroslav Lajčák and Czech Republic Lubomír Zaorálek in Kyiv, commenting on Szijjártó's statement regarding the agreement on dual citizenship for ethnic Hungarians living in Ukraine, Censor.NET reports citing Liga.

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Klimkin stressed that the issue of citizenship was of paramount importance.

He also assured his Hungarian counterpart that Ukraine had no intention of holding accountable persons with dual citizenship.

"Without exaggeration, no attempts will be made to punish those who are actually honest citizens for any, you know, ideas about obtaining another passport. This is not about that. And the general idea is to somehow attract people," he said.

However, according to the minister, the issue of dual citizenship was of critical and principled nature.

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Klimkin stressed that first of all it was necessary to take into account that Ukraine was at war with the Russian Federation when tackling the issue of multiple citizenship while the simultaneous use of different nationalities in such circumstances was "fundamentally unacceptable."

He also reminded that Ukraine's Constitution clearly defined the grounds for obtaining citizenship.

"We have no intention to open Pandora's box," Klimkin stressed.

The Hungarian foreign minister earlier said that his country expected to enter into an agreement on dual citizenship for ethnic Hungarians in Ukraine. He also stressed that dual citizenship was "absolutely European phenomenon."

March 30, 2017 at the European People's Party summit, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban invited the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko to make a bilateral treaty on dual citizenship for ethnic Hungarians.
   
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