Updated at 19:48,25-10-2020

Moscow to simplify Russian citizenship procedure for Belarusians

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Moscow to simplify Russian citizenship procedure for Belarusians
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Moscow is set to simplify the Russian citizenship procedure for Belarusians, according to the draft amendments to the Law on Citizenship being developed by Russia's Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The draft also proposes a similar procedure for Ukrainians described in the document as "mentally close to Russians," reports the Russian state news agency ria.ru. Under the proposal, Belarusians and Ukrainians may also be relieved of an interview at the commission that evaluates the command of the Russian language.

Russia's Interior notes that "close mentality" is a key factor when it comes to Ukrainians. As far as Belarusians are concerned, Russian is a second state language in the Republic of Belarus.

It is yet to be known when the draft legislation will be tabled to the Russian government.