Passports issued by Russia in the occupied territories of Ukraine will not be valid in the EU

Passports issued by Russia in the occupied territories of Ukraine will not be valid in the EU
Passports issued by Russia in the occupied territories of Ukraine will not be valid in the EU

The European Parliament today approved an agreement with the Council of the EU that will not accept travel documents issued by Russia in the occupied territories of Ukraine and in the separatist territories of Georgia as valid for visa purposes or when crossing the EU’s external borders. Before the legislation enters into force, it must be approved by the Council of the EU.

According to the legislative proposal, the European Commission will have to consult with EU member states and prepare a list of Russian travel documents that will no longer be recognized in the future. However, those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine will still be able to enter the EU for humanitarian reasons, the European Parliament announced after the decision voted today.

The legislative proposal was adopted by the deputies with 531 votes in favor, seven against and 34 abstentions. The proposal must now be adopted by the Council of the EU, and it will enter into force the day after it is published in the Official Journal of the EU.

The European Parliament has pledged to keep up the pressure on Russia

“The European Parliament has pledged to do everything in its power to use legal and political means to continue to put pressure on Russia to make it pay dearly for its illegal war and international crimes against Ukraine and its people,” he said. said rapporteur Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar (S&D) after the vote.

In 2008, Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in Georgia, and in early October, following internationally unrecognized referendums, it annexed the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporozhye.

Ukraine and the West immediately condemned the referendums and the annexation of the regions, calling them illegal, and the international community does not recognize Russia’s annexation. Although Moscow has never controlled the entire territory of four Ukrainian regions, it also withdrew its forces from the city of Kherson in November.

Since the annexation of four Ukrainian regions, Moscow has already issued more than 80,000 Russian travel documents to their residents, according to the French news agency AFP, the migration officer at the Russian Ministry of the Interior, Valentina Kazakova, said today.




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