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The European Parliament is against accepting passports issued by Russia in occupied territories

The European Parliament is against accepting passports issued by Russia in occupied territories

According to the proposal, the commission should consult member states and prepare a list of Russian travel documents, especially passports, that should not be accepted. But People fleeing the conflict in Ukraine will still be able to enter the European Union For humanitarian reasons.

After the vote, Rapporteur Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, or Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Spain), said: “The European Parliament is committed to doing everything it can to maintain pressure on Russia through legal and political means, to make sure Putin will pay a heavy price for this illegal war and international crimes committed against Ukraine and its people.

Once the decision has been formally adopted by the Council and published in the Official Journal of the European Union, it will enter into force the following day.

Russia has been issuing passports to Crimeans since it annexed the peninsula in 2014, and is now doing so in other areas of the country not controlled by the Ukrainian government. These Russian passports are not accepted Will apply when someone Applying for a visa to enter the European Union or cross the external borders of the European Union.

According to the commission, almost all member states have declared that they do not recognize Russian passports issued in the occupied territories. The proposal aims to provide legal certainty A coordinated and coherent approach.

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