Ukrainian government tasked with drafting dual nationality law – UNIAN


The document should be ready within the next two months.


The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has been tasked with drafting a bill on dual nationality.

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksiy Danilov announced in a briefing after a CNDS meeting on February 26, according to a UNIAN correspondent.

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According to him, the bill should be developed in the next two months.

The issue of dual citizenship was on the agenda of the NSDC meeting, Danilov said.

“This is very important for our state. You know that we are moving towards civilized countries which allow dual citizenship. But for our country there are certain challenges associated with the fact that at one time, unfortunately, Russia has used this tool – when our head of the SBU [Security Service of Ukraine], the Minister of the Interior, the Minister of Defense, the Chief of the General Staff were citizens of the Russian Federation. We cannot let this happen again, ”he stressed.

Danilov says similar challenges exist in other countries as well. Therefore, he said, the NSDC decided on February 26 that the government should come up with a bill within two months that “will allow us to clearly understand people with dual nationality.”

He also mentioned the forced passport from Russia to the occupied territories of Ukraine.

According to him, the people who today forcibly receive citizenship in the occupied territories – Crimea and part of Donbass, “relatively speaking, receive these Ausweises. [an allusion to ID documents issued by Nazi Germany’s authorities to local residents during the German occupation of Ukraine in 1941-1944] that allow them to live in one way or another in this territory.

The NSDC secretary predicts that when the territory is liberated, people will get rid of “the papers provided to them there today.”

Responding to a question from reporters on what this bill should state, Danilov explained that officials, lawmakers and citizens who work in government agencies should not have dual citizenship.

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