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Sergey Zheleznyak: “The decision of the Russian president on simplifying the procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship is a humanitarian step of goodwill”

“The intention of the Ukrainian authorities not to recognize Russian passports issued to residents of Donbass will not affect the number of people wishing to become citizens of the Russian Federation,” said Sergei Zheleznyak, member of the State Duma’s Committee on International Affairs.

According to the politician: “The Government of Ukraine, which will be recently dissolved by the President-elect, is trying to create as many problems for the population and the new authorities of the country as possible. Convulsive, anti-popular decisions of the Cabinet of Ministers and the Verkhovna Rada demonstrate the rotten nature and agony of the outgoing authorities, unable to create decent living conditions for their own citizens. Forced to leave Ukraine, people are looking for opportunities to feed their families abroad, fleeing persecution on a national and linguistic basis, fleeing from endless war.

Russia is not trying to invade the internal affairs of Ukraine and does not violate international laws. But we cannot silently observe the gross violations of human rights and the genocide of people who consider themselves part of the Russian world. The decision of the President of Russia to simplify the procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship is a humanitarian step of goodwill that does not imply an obligation to renounce Ukrainian citizenship.

The reluctance to recognize Russian passports will be a direct violation of the norms of international law and human rights on the part of Ukraine, as well as those who support this absurd proposal.”

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