Kremlin: Estonia’s non-recognition of Russian passports is a ‘humanitarian blockade of the Donbas’

The Russian embassy in Tallinn has commented on a decision by the Estonian Foreign Ministry not to recognize Russian passports issued to inhabitants of the Ukrainian Donbas.

“It is regrettable that Estonia continues to persistently fight to lead the race among EU countries on the anti-Russian track. We are convinced that the Estonian authorities’ effective participation in the humanitarian blockade of the Donbas, which for more than five years has been deprived of government and banking services, social support, healthcare, education and communication, does not help the situation in eastern Ukraine to improve,” the Russian embassy said in a statement.

“If Tallinn really wanted to help resolve the internal Ukrainian crisis, it would use its influence over Kyiv to convince it to restore normal life support in the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces, as envisaged by the Minsk agreements,” the embassy remarked.

On April 24, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree to make it easier for Ukrainian citizens residing in the separate Donetsk and Luhansk regions to obtain Russian citizenship.

On May 1, Putin signed a decree giving this right to different categories of Ukrainian citizens. The first group of Donbas residents acquired Russian passports in mid June. Canada, the US, Estonia and various other EU countries have said that they will not recognize any passports issued in this manner.

Previously Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu also suggested that additional sanctions be imposed on Russia in connection with its illegal issuance of passports to Ukrainians in the occupied territories.

(c) UAWire

5 comments

  • Stop whining, Putin wants to make these Ukrainians into Russians, now he has to suffer the consequences. Any country has the right to refuse recognition of these illegal passports. Perhaps if Russia removed themselves from Donbas, the situation would improve dramatically, but that is not in the interest of Putin. His version of “protecting” Russian speakers, usually has the opposite effect.

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  • Such hubris by the Moskali. The illegal ruSSian passports are a violation of the Minsk agreement. That’s why the Estonians don’t recognize them.

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  • Looks like Tallinn is using its democratic rights and responsibilities to exert influence on Kriminalinstan to “convince it to restore normal life support in the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces, as envisaged in the Minsk agreements.
    Does not appear the Kriminalin is tired of argueing with the rest of the world yet.

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  • As usual Vatnikistan displays an amazing lack of intelligence, expecting Ukraine to pay for somewhere that Russia has occupied and claimed as theirs. How this works is not and never will be clear to anyone with a brain.

    Then to claim outrage because these bog roll books are not recognised by any Countries and I’m willing to bet not by Russia either, is just amazing.

    Presumably anyone with one of these bog roll books could have got one issued in Moscow, nobody would be any the wiser, but shorty, trying to be clever and score political points, thought he would get them issued in Ukraine. Cunt.

    I bet those traitors who have one and have exchanged their old Ukrainian Passports for one are really impressed. Perhaps they only want to go to Vatnikistan for a Holiday.

    When the shitstorm ends, and one day it will, those who have swapped their Ukrainian Passports for bog roll books sholud be refused travel unless they are going to Russia, on their return they should be refused entry. When they want to swap from bog roll to Ukrainian Passports they should be refused.

    We are assumming that anyone has actually been stupid enough or has been coerced into bog roll book ownership, it could all be the usual lies.

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