Peter Dickinson, a researcher at the Atlantic Council, editor-in-chief of the blog Ukraine Alert, writes that the western countries must answer to Russia issuing Russian passports to the residents of the Donbass occupied by new sanctions.
This is reported by the NPF, referring to article Peter Dickinson for the Atlantic Council.
Peter Dickinson believes that Western countries should respond to the large-scale passporting of Russian residents of the occupied territories of eastern Ukraine. Europe’s response to the actions of the Kremlin’s leaders should be new sanctions.
At the same time, the analyst noted the extent of Russian certification of the population of Donbas.
“Moscow plans to issue 1 million Russian passports to residents of ORDLO, as previously reported by Russian officials,” wrote the author of the article.
In addition, Dickinson noted the statement by one of the deputies of United Russia, Viktor Vodolatsky, who had previously declared that more than 180,000 Ukrainians had already received Russian passports since the Russian occupation of Donbas.
According to the expert, the illegal issuance of passports of the Russian Federation to residents of Donbas represents a serious danger for the Ukrainian state. Dickinson writes that the Russian Federation uses passportization as a tool to expand its influence. The analyst writes that if by the end of 2020 the Kremlin still succeeds in carrying out its certification plan, then a quarter of the population of Donbas will in fact become a citizen of the Russian Federation. According to the author of the document, the Russian Federation will thus demonstrate its willingness to intervene in the internal affairs of Ukraine, arguing that many citizens of the Russian Federation live in the territory of Donbas.
“This will transform the so-called” separatist republics “of eastern Ukraine into Russian protectorates on passports,” writes the analyst.
The expert noted that the Russian Federation had implemented such scenarios in Moldova and Georgia.
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