Russia introduces new rules for Ukrainian citizens

13:48, 06 November 2007
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Ukraine will take steps in response

The Russian Federation has officially informed Ukraine about its intent to apply new migration rules for Ukrainian citizens.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, MFA spokesman Andriy Deshchytsia claimed this to a press conference today.

It means that Ukrainian citizens, who will enter the Russian territory for a period of more than three days, will have to be registered as migrants.

According to A.Deshchytsia, the position of the Ukrainian side is that these rules will not contribute to a free movement of citizens.

He emphasized that if Russia introduces these rules for Ukrainian citizens, Ukraine will have to introduce the same registration for Russian citizens in Ukraine.

A.Deshchytsia informed the application of the Russian Federation about the new rules is being considered by the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

“We are carrying out a respective work with other Ukraine institutions, to formulate our response to the Russian proposal”, he said.

According to A.Deshchytsia, the date of introducing new rules has not being determined as yet, as amendments must be introduced into the agreement on mutual trips of Ukrainian and Russian citizens. The MFA spokesman stressed that the same rules must be introduced for Ukrainian and Russian citizens.

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