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Ukraine insists on right of issuing Crimean visa

English.news.cn   2014-04-01 18:59:07

KIEV, April 1 (Xinhua) -- The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said that only Ukrainian diplomatic missions abroad are authorized to issue visa for entry in Crimea.

"The foreigners from the countries with visa regime with Ukraine should contact the embassy or consular offices of Ukraine abroad for obtaining a visa to Crimea," the press service of the ministry said in a statement.

The foreign citizens from the states, which have visa-free regime with Ukraine, can travel without visas to Crimea, the statement said.

According to the report, foreigners' failure to comply with Kiev' s requirements to obtain Crimean visa may entail international sanctions for "support of the temporary occupation of the Ukrainian territory" .

On Monday, Moscow has announced it is commencing formal visa procedures in Crimea and said foreigners will need Russian visas to enter the disputed region.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Crimean leaders signed a treaty on March 18 to make the peninsula part of Russian territory. It followed a referendum in which almost 97 percent of Crimean voters backed splitting from Ukraine.

Kiev does not accept Crimea's integration into Russia, considering it an "attempt to annex the Ukrainian territory."

Editor: Yang Yi
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