Russian President Vladimir Putin made some moves on passport policy as he wanted to make it easier for the residents of the Ukrainian regions Donetsk and Luhansk that are controlled by the Russian separatist to obtain a Russian passport, Reuters informs.
On this, Putin issued a statement on Wednesday, saying that it is unacceptable that residents of the regions had no rights, adding that the Russian government did not want to cause problems for the new Ukrainian leadership, as the Ukrainians elected their new President Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky with 73.2 percent of the votes.
‘’We don’t have any desire to create problems for the new Ukrainian leadership,’’ said Putin.
Official Kiev condemned this move, as the relations between the two neighbors got even worse.
Meanwhile, Putin also stated that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wants to denuclearize but needs “security guarantees” to do so, CNBC informs.
Speaking after a high-profile summit with Kim, Putin said Russia favored denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and Kim agreed, but said bilateral security guarantees were not enough.
Putin said he didn’t know if it was time to resume six-way talks with North Korea to end a standoff over its nuclear weapons program. The “six-party talks” had taken place between North and South Korea, the U.S., Japan, Russia, and China in the early 2000s, but collapsed in 2009 when North Korea pulled out, saying it would resume its nuclear enrichment program in order to boost its nuclear deterrent.
Putin said Thursday that a resumption of such talks “will help provide international security guarantees,” Reuters reported.
Earlier Thursday, Putin had said he had a “substantial discussion” with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un about the Korean Peninsula Thursday but gave little detail.