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MOSCOW, July 11. /TASS/. Kiev’s decision to introduce preliminary registration for Russians is a step ‘in the wrong direction’ that will affect the human measurement of bilateral relations, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told TASS on Tuesday.
"We are carefully studying the Ukrainian authorities’ new measures and the degree of their compliance with the inter-governmental agreements existing between the two countries," the diplomat said, responding to the relevant question.
"After that, we’ll see how we should react," the diplomat said.
"We get the impression that these steps may lead in the wrong direction and harm the 'human face' of our relations," Karasin said.
"This would be deplorable," he added.
Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council Alexander Turchinov announced on Monday that Ukraine would introduce biometric control from January 1, 2018 for all foreigners crossing the border.
According to him, this regime will primarily apply to Russian citizens. As he specified, Russians will be obliged to take fingerprints upon entry into the country. He also said that Russian nationals would have to undergo the procedure of preliminary registration before a trip.