On Thursday, the Russian head of the State met with the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un. After the meeting, he made a statement for the reporters.
Mr Putin signed an order on Wednesday saying that residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine were entitled to apply for Russian citizenship under an expedited procedure to be processed within three months. These two regions are the area of the conflict between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists.
Speaking about the issue of the simplified procedure of getting Russian citizenship, Mr Putin said that “there was nothing wrong” with easing rules for residents of Ukrainian rebel regions to receive Russian passports.
He added that he is surprised that the global opinion about this issue is negative. “For example, Poland for many years has issued the Pole’s Card... Hungary is giving out passports, Romania is giving out passports accordingly to Hungarians, Romanians and Poles. So here I have a question: how are Russians living in Ukraine worse than Romanians, Poles or Hungarians? Or Ukrainians living there, who feel their unbreakable connection with Russia due to various circumstances, family connections, mixed marriages, or some other reasons. I don't see anything unusual here,” the Russian president said.
The Polish card, the document, which the Russian President referred to, confirms that a person is a member of the Polish nation. It may be given to people who cannot obtain duel citizenship in countries where it is forbidden, as well as to someone who does not have prior Polish citizenship or permission to reside in Poland. It was introduced in 2007.
The Pole’s card can be given to a person who, on the day of submitting the motion, is a citizen of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine or Uzbekistan, or in a situation when they had the status of a stateless person in one of these countries.