The authorities of Ukraine will introduce biometric control of foreigners, said the President Petro Poroshenko. According to him, this measure will apply to all crossing the border of Ukraine of foreigners.
“We need biometric data, including fingerprints, digital photographs. This will greatly enhance the possibilities of combating terrorism,” said Poroshenko at the meeting of the Council of national security and defense Council (NSDC).
The President explained that the necessary documents on his behalf has already been prepared, and the border service will allocate funds for the purchase of necessary equipment.
The exact date of the introduction of biometric Poroshenko did not name. “We’ll take the necessary time to ensure that the country is properly prepared to be good citizens did not feel any discomfort”, — Poroshenko promised.
The draft law on “de-occupation” uncontrolled Kiev areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, national security and defense Council at its meeting on Monday, contrary to the initial plan, did not consider that the head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on national security and defence Sergey Pashinsky explained by the need for additional consultations.
According to the President of Ukraine, biometric border controls introduced in respect of all the citizens of other States. In mid-June, 2017, the Secretary of the NSDC, Alexander Turchinov urged to close the entrance to Ukraine to the Russians without biometric foreign passports.
“We must put a reliable barrier that will protect the country from the penetration of enemy agents, terrorists, separatists”, — he said.
Later Turchinov said that the Russians with passports of the new sample will be able to collect biometric data.
Until 2015, the Russians could move on Ukraine at Russian domestic passports. However, from 1 March 2015, the entry was only possible on foreign passports valid for the entire stay in the country. Later, the representatives of the Ukrainian authorities, including Turchinov, has repeatedly stated the need for the introduction of visas for Russians.
In mid-June of 2017, the Ukrainian foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has proposed to introduce for the Russians a system of preliminary warning about forthcoming trips to Ukraine.
“You’re going to many countries, and then you go online and say, “I have five days of food.” So actually Russian citizens have to go to Ukraine, you must create an appropriate platform and to control the entry, so that it was not completely uncontrolled,” — said the Minister.