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 Introducing visas for Russians to become pressing issue for Ukraine following visa liberalization with EU, MP Burbak says

Visa requirements for the citizens of the aggressor state crossing the border with Ukraine is a matter of national security and defense.

People's Front parliamentary faction head Maksym Burbak said delivering speech in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Censor.NET reports referring to the press service of the political force.

"Today, we must appropriately prepare for the visa waiver program, which Ukraine will finally get after the decisions of the Council of the European Union and the Council of Europe. The State Migration Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs has issued more than 3 million biometric passports as of April 7. The agency issues from 9,000 to 12,000 of them every day," he stressed.

"The People's Front requests the SBU and the State Service of Special Communication and Information Protection of Ukraine to ensure the smooth functioning of the electronic system for issuing biometric IDs to the citizens. We call on the Ukrainian government to consider the necessity to allocate over 200 million hryvnia (about $7.4 million) for creation of new administrative centers for issuing passports and other IDs," Bourbak said.

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People's Front faction head also noted the need to introduce visa requirements for the citizens of the aggressor state - the Russian Federation.

"Introduction of visa requirements for the citizens of the Russian Federation as the aggressor state will become a pressing issue following visa liberalization with the EU. The People's Front consistently demands making this critical decision: our relations with the Russian Federation must take place under the sanctions regime. Moreover, visa requirements for the citizens of the aggressor state crossing the border with Ukraine is a matter of national security and defense," he stressed.

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As reported, 521 MEPs supported granting Ukrainian citizens the right to travel to the EU without visas on April 6. 75 MEPs voted against, and 36 abstained.


 
 
 
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