Disinfo: Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Wants to Root out Russian Passport Holders

Summary

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said “Let those who have Russian passports surrender them, otherwise we will root them out.”

Disproof

Russian media have distorted the subject of dual citizenship many times with scare stories claiming that Russian passport holders would be singled out and punished by the authorities. Klimkin never said that Russian passport holders would be rooted out.

He said: “We cannot talk about dual citizenship with Russia at a time when we are at war with Russia. Those who have Russian citizenship, should surrender it. All others, are up for discussion. Dual citizenship can be had only under very clear conditions.”

Further debunking by StopFake.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 124
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/10/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: Pavlo Klimkin, ethnic tension, Anti-Russian
  • Outlet: Ukraina.ru
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