Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk has signed a Government resolution
"On the suspension of certain provisions of the Agreement between the
Government of Ukraine and the Government of the Russian Federation on visa-free
trips of citizens of Ukraine and the Russian Federation."
meeting with participation of Minister of Justice of Ukraine Pavlo Petrenko,
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, Deputy Minister of
Internal Affairs of Ukraine Serhii Chebotar, Chairman of the State Border Service of Ukraine
Viktor Nazarenko, Deputy Chairman of the SBU Victor Yahun, First Deputy
Chairman of the State Migration Service Yurii Sergiienko, the Prime Minister of Ukraine stressed the need
to strengthen control on the Ukrainian-Russian border and introduce the
European rules of crossing the state border, including the citizens of the
Yatsenyuk has informed that the Government took the decision to stop the force
of some provisions of the Agreement between Ukraine and the Russian Federation
on visa-free trips of citizens of Ukraine and the Russian Federation: "We except the internal passport and birth certificate as the
basis for crossing the Ukrainian state border".
provisions in respect of 6 remaining specified documents in the bilateral
Agreement Russian citizens for entrance on the territory of Ukraine, for
example, diplomatic and official passport, remain in force.
The PM has
reminded that President of Russia Vladimir Putin asked to use exclusively
foreign passports while crossing the state border": "Well, we heard
his request. Now Russian citizens, as Vladimir Putin asked, must use
exclusively foreign passports."
step, Arseniy Yatsenyuk underlined, will significantly strengthen border
control and ensure the interests of Ukraine’s national security.
The Head of Government has commissioned the State Migration Service of
Ukraine in synergy with the State Border Guard Service to bring under control a
term of stay for the Russian citizens who arrived to Ukraine, "The
Security Service of Ukraine, as appropriate, obtains additional information
about the number and names of citizens of the Russian Federation who cross the
He appealed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a demand to inform
Russia about the suspension of certain provisions of the agreement on visa-free
entry for the citizens
of Ukraine and the Russian Federation.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed that the Agreement on local border traffic with the
Russian Federation does not comply with the European standards, "With our
European partners we have clearly defined area and limits, there is issued a
registration certificate for each citizen, who can enjoy the privileges set out
in the Agreement on local border traffic".
The Prime Minister appealed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs jointly
with the relevant departments by Wednesday to submit a draft decision how to
bring to compliance with the European standards provisions of the Agreement on
local border traffic with the Russian Federation.
He reminded that by February 15, the State Migration Service of Ukraine
shall install 606 terminals to issue biometric passports to the citizens of
Ukraine, "This issue is specifically monitored by me, and the entire
country". Arseniy Yatsenyuk instructed to ensure these terminals to be
installed, "so that people
could obtain a foreign passport with free access and use it to travel to the
European Union member states and other countries as well."
meeting Chairman of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Viktor Nazarenko informed that in 2014, the Agency had banned from
entry 46834 foreign nationals, of whom 15500 were citizens of the
Russian Federation, "This year we have banned from crossing 2895 citizens,
of whom 432 citizens of the Russian Federation. Authorized by the law
enforcement agencies we have detained 318 citizens who are potentially
implicated in terrorist activities".