MOSCOW, May 14 (RIA Novosti) – The self-proclaimed Luhansk republic has no plans to issue new passports instead of Ukrainian identity documents, the head of the republic’s press service said Wednesday.
“I do not know where this information comes from. We have no such intentions yet,” Vasily Nikitin told RIA Novosti, adding that he had been misquoted in Ukrainian media reports.
“I said that in future when everything calms down, these issues will also be considered,” he said.
The Luhansk and Donetsk republics declared themselves sovereign states on Monday, with Donetsk planning to ask Moscow to join Russia. The Luhansk leadership also said it did not rule out the possibility of a referendum on becoming part of Russia.
Both republics have begun establishing government agencies.
Moscow said it respected the will of the people in Ukraine’s southeastern provinces and hoped the regime in Kiev would do the same. The US and EU denounced the results of the vote.