"The border guards are assessing the technical details, as well as additional material and technical assistance so that to provide the crossing of the border by any Russian, the holder of a biometric passport, that is to collect [his or her] biometrics, fingerprints, retinal scans, while the government is considering the introduction of the visa regime. I hope that the government will financially support this work, which will yield results within a month, subject to funding," Turchynov said at a briefing on June 24 after the opening of a new department of the border guard service in Kharkiv region.
Read alsoTurchynov announces check of all from occupied territories who want to get biometric passportHe also noted that the State Border Guard Service today lacks the technical means to introduce the crossing of the border by Russians with biometric passports, avoiding the formation of large queues.
Ukraine's NSDC secretary stressed the need to introduce the visa regime for Russian citizens.
"The fact that many Russians do not have biometric passports – that is their issue. Let them apply for [the passports]. We must reliably protect our border and clearly identify anyone who crosses it, primarily from the aggressor country. But I hope that the visa regime will in time be introduced," Turchynov said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the Ukrainian Justice Ministry, on June 1, 2017, announced Ukraine's readiness for the visa regime with Russia but said a political decision was required.