• Estonian MEP called on the EU to facilitate the issuance of visas to Crimeans

  • Member of the European Parliament from Estonia Yana Toom sent a request to the high representative for foreign Affairs and security policy of the European Union Federica Mogherini urging them not to deprive the Crimean travel to Europe. On Monday, July 17, informs Agency "Kriminform".

    "You can recognize the Crimea a part of Russia] or not to recognize, but not to punish ordinary people that you don't even know how they voted in the referendum [on self-determination of the Crimea]. This is the case when the sanctions hit the people, not the ranks," said Toom.

    She added that many of the residents there are no valid Ukrainian passports, making it impossible to appeal to the embassies of EU countries in Kiev. According to her, there is no adequate transport connections with the Ukrainian capital. In this regard, Toom Mogherini asked for clarification, if Crimeans to obtain a visa through the Embassy in Moscow, and clarified whether the European Union as a whole to reconsider its policy of issuing Schengen visas to residents of the Peninsula.

    9 June, the head of the EU delegation in Ukraine hug Mingarelli said, that the EU did not support the initiative of President Petro Poroshenko to issue to the inhabitants of the Crimea passports of the old sample. He stressed that all Ukrainian citizens holding a biometric passport, no matter where they live, can travel without a visa.

    After the reunification of the Crimea with Russia in 2014, Russian passports received 98 percent of the population of the Republic (about two million). The Crimeans, who at the time of the unification of the region with the Russian Federation were citizens of Ukraine are not allowed to notify the authorities about the presence of Ukrainian passport. Kiev does not recognize the results of the plebiscite, Moscow insists on full compliance procedures with international law.


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