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 Ukraine may consider introduction of visas for Russians, - Foreign Minister Klimkin

The Ukrainian side, if necessary, may raise the issue of introducing a visa regime for Russian citizens.

As reported by Censor.NET, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

"This issue has several aspects. The first one is the political. We must definitely monitor the entry in Ukraine from the territory of Russia. And we have actually achieved it: the entry is now permitted only upon presentation of travel passport and solely through international and interstate border crossing points. Would visa regime introduction allow us to identify the agents of FSB and other Russian special services penetrating into our country for its destabilization more efficiently? I see no unambiguous answer to this," the minister said.

According to him, another important aspect is the propaganda which can be possibly exploited by the Russian Federation in this context. "Russia will immediately start exploiting the introduction of the visa regime spinning cases when elderly people or children have been unable to visit their relatives in the media space. It will be endlessly widened propaganda spiral," Klimkin assured.

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Besides, the minister explained that the appropriate infrastructure would be required in order to grant visas. "It requires drastic changes in our consulates' capabilities in terms of logistics. For example, according to our preliminary estimates, we will need more than 100 additional consular employees. However, this task is quite achievable," the minister stressed.

"Therefore, we must understand whether the introduction of visa regime will be useful for us in terms of security. If the answer is yes, than we will take steps in this direction. If the answer is negative, we will find other solutions. I am often asked why maintain diplomatic relationship with Russia amid the Russian aggression? The key point of this diplomatic relationship is that we are able to provide assistance to more than 4 million Ukrainians in the territory of the Russian Federation," Foreign Minister concluded.

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