12 Jan 2023 13:09

People with Russian citizenship must not be Ukrainian citizens - Zelensky

MOSCOW. Jan 12 (Interfax) - People who have Russian citizenship must not hold Ukrainian citizenship at the same time, Ukraine's President Vladimir Zelensky said.

"Our objective is to ensure that all people who today have dual or triple citizenship, including the citizenship of the Russian Federation, are left with [only] one citizenship - the citizenship of the Russian Federation - if they have it. Let those who have this citizenship live in the corresponding state," Ukrainian media quoted Zelensky as saying at a press conference with the Lithuanian and Polish presidents in Lvov on Wednesday, when commenting on a decision to strip well-known Ukrainian politicians such as Viktor Medvedchuk, Taras Kozak, Andrei Derkach, and Renat Kuzmin of Ukrainian citizenship.

Upon being asked what were the grounds for this decision, the president said that "some of these persons lost it [Ukrainian citizenship] in accordance with the law and the constitution of Ukraine, because they have the citizenship of other states."

Zelensky also said that he cannot disclose all details of the Ukrainian Security Service's measures to ensure security in the country.