The relevant departments will implement the decree on issuing Russian passports to residents of the Donbas, said Press Secretary for the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, as reported by TASS.
When asked whether Putin has a detailed plan for implementing his decree, Peskov replied: “It is not the president’s plan. Relevant departments within the Ministry of Internal Affairs that deal with issuing passports, as well as other departments, will take charge of the process.”
He was also unable to clarify whether new Russian citizens living in the Donbas will have to pay taxes to the Russian budget.
Peskov added that statements are currently being exchanged with Ukraine. Ukrainian President-elect Vladimir Zelensky’s opinions, including his opinion on the issuance of Russia passports are “carefully assessed” in the Kremlin.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree allowing residents of certain regions of the Donetsk and Lugansk region to obtain Russian citizenships through a simplified process. To apply for a Russian passport, it is not required to give up your current Ukrainian citizenship. The processing time is three months or less.