Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has disagreed with the Ukrainian Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatseniuk, who claimed that Kyiv's decision to ban entry for Russians with domestic passports was made in accordance with an earlier proposal by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"As regards to the announcement to introduce a foreign travel passport requirement for Russian citizens from March 1, if I heard it right, Prime Minister Yatseniuk alleged that this was an initiative of President Putin who once proposed this idea, and that Kyiv took notice of it," he told reporters, commenting on the announcement.
"Our foreign ministry is now preparing a formal statement. What Yatseniuk said is untruth," Lavrov said.
It was reported that Russian citizens will no longer be allowed to use their domestic passports for travel to Ukraine.
"The Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers hereby decrees: (…) that Clauses 1 and 5 of the List of documents to be produced by Russian Federation citizens when entering, staying in and traveling across Ukraine, as determined by Exhibit 1 to the Agreement (on visa-free travel between Russia and Ukraine), allowing Russian Federation citizens to travel to, via and across and stay in Ukraine on the basis of holding a Russian Federation passport or a birth certificate (for children under 14) with an indication of the Russian Federation citizenship, be no longer effective from March 1, 2015," according to a January 30 decree posted on the Ukrainian government's website on Tuesday.
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