19:34 13.09.2017

Cabinet instructs Foreign Ministry, SBU to place Russia in list of countries with migration risk until Sept 30

Cabinet instructs Foreign Ministry, SBU to place Russia in list of countries with migration risk until Sept 30

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) to include Russia in the list of countries of migration risk until September 30.

The corresponding decision was made at a government meeting on Wednesday, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reported.

The government adopted a plan to implement the decree of the president on the entry into force of the decision made by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine dated July 10, 2017 "On Strengthening Control over the Entry into Ukraine, Departure from Ukraine of Foreigners and Stateless Persons, Compliance with Rules of Stay on the Territory of Ukraine" which is available to the Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

It is assumed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Security Service should ensure the updating of the list of countries of migration risk, in particular including Russia, and inform the Cabinet and the NSDC (National Security and Defense Council) about this.

In addition, the government ordered the Interior Ministry, the State Border Service, the State Migration Service, the Foreign Intelligence Service, and the Ukrainian Security Service to enhance control over the travel of foreigners, including Russian citizens, and stateless persons into and from Ukraine in the period before September 30.

The Interior Ministry and the Migration Service in cooperation with the Regional Development Ministry were ordered to improve the law on registration of the place of residence/stay in Ukraine by foreigners, including Russian citizens, and stateless persons from countries posing a migration risk or persons arriving from such countries in Ukraine in the period prior to September 20.

The Foreign Ministry, the Interior Ministry, the Migration Service, and the State Border Service have been ordered to consider a mechanism and stages of the arrival of foreigners, including Russian citizens, in Ukraine with passports featuring contactless chips before October 30. The Ukrainian Security Service will participate in the consideration of a procedure in which foreigners will notify Ukraine of their pending arrival online.

The government ordered the Interior Ministry, the Migration Service, and the State Border Service to implement on January 1, 2018, the national system of biometric verification and identification of Ukrainian citizens, foreigners, and stateless persons by means of resources recording biometric data of foreigners, including Russian citizens, in the course of border control.

Back on August 30, 2017, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko enforced the National Security and Defense Council's decision dated July 10, 2017, on biometric data recording.

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