Putin: Russia will not impose mirror restrictions for entry of Ukrainian citizens

Russia will not impose response measures against the entry of Ukrainian citizens, stated Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press-conference following the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, the press-service of the Kremlin reports.

"We are not going to impose any restrictions against Ukrainian citizens. Moreover, on the contrary, we will move towards easing the requirements for the visits of Ukrainian citizens in our territory and easing the procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship, if they want it,” Putin stated.

After Russia captured three Ukrainian military ships in the Kerch Strait, Ukraine imposed martial law in ten border regions and banned the entry of Russian men aged 16 to 60 into Ukrainian territory. Ukrainian citizens are now only able to enter the Crimea through the administrative border in the Kherson region.

The Ukrainian State Border Service stated that since November 30, Russia has refused entry to over 110 Ukrainians without any explanation. At the same time, since the beginning of the restrictions at the border, Ukraine has refused entry to 99 Russian citizens as they were not able to show the purpose of their visit to Ukraine, had no proper documents for entry or had exceeded their stay in Ukraine.

  Russia, Ukraine, Crimea, Putin, G-20

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