Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko asked the European Commission to analyze the issue of Romania’s decision to grant passports to Ukrainian citizens, according to Mediafax, quoting news agency ZIK.
“I ask that a special commission be set up with the European Commission to analyse whether Romania’s issuance of passports for Ukrainians is legal and whether this problem is in line with Neighborhood Policies,” Yushchenko said in Prague.
He added that Romania’s decision to issue passports for Ukrainians can only trigger concern and create an unpredictable situation, to the surprise of the Ukrainian community in Romania. The Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected the allegations. In a press release on Friday, the ministry said Yushchenko’s statement was “ungrounded” and underlined that Romania can only grant passports to Romanian citizens.
The ministry also said that the passports will be granted to Ukrainians who are interested in re-obtaining their Romanian citizenship.