BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union hit out Thursday against Russia’s move to fast-track citizenship applications from people living in conflict areas in eastern Ukraine, slamming it as an attack on Ukraine’s sovereignty that would undermine an already-fragile peace agreement.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Wednesday to expedite the applications from some Ukrainians living in areas held by Russia-backed separatists in under three months. Those granted Russian citizenship would have to swear allegiance to Russia.
In a joint statement, France and Germany — European guarantors of the 2015 Minsk peace accord — said the decree “goes against the spirit and …read more
Source: The News