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25.04.19 15:18

Putin claims Russian passports move to be humanitarian measure

Russian President Vladimir Putin has defended a provocative decision to grant Russian passports to residents of Russia-controlled territories in Donbas, saying he doesn’t see what the problem is.

Putin claims Russian passports move to be humanitarian measure

Censor.NET reports citing TASS.

He said the decision was no different from what European states did. Speaking to reporters at the end of a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Putin said that both Romania and Hungary grant citizenship to their own ethnic kin living outside their borders.

"We are far from trying to provoke anyone," he said, adding that it was strange that Kyiv had reacted angrily to move. "I see nothing unusual in this passports move, other countries do it," he said.

"As for provoking, we are far and I personally am far from provoking anyone, the passports move is completely humanitarian," Putin added.

US State Department thinks Putin’s decree is provocation and assault on Ukraine’s sovereignty. 

April 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree that allows residents of the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine to obtain Russian passports under a simplified procedure.

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