Russia may offer fast-tracked passports to all Ukrainians: Putin

# 17:49
27 April 2019

President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday Moscow was considering offering all Ukrainian citizens fast-tracked Russian passports, ONA reports citing Reuters.

Putin made the statement days after signing an order to simplify the procedure for obtaining a Russian passport for residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine, prompting calls from Kiev for more international sanctions.

Speaking in Beijing, Putin said Moscow was now considering extending its fast track passport scheme to the whole of Ukraine.

“We are considering whether to grant Ukrainian citizens our citizenship using a simplified procedure,” Putin told reporters, without providing further details.