Azatlyk: After the meeting between Berdimuhamedov and Putin, dual nationals in Turkmenistan began to issue international passports

After Turkmen President Serdar Berdimuhamedov 's visit to Moscow on June 10, dual nationals began to receive international passports, Radio Azatlyk reported on June 20.

We are talking about citizens of Turkmenistan who received citizenship of the Russian Federation after 2003 and who for 19 years the authorities of the country refused to issue a Turkmen passport in connection with the termination of the agreement on dual citizenship between the countries.

Now the Migration Service accepts documents for issuing a passport from those citizens who received Russian citizenship from 2003 to 2015.

“Those who submitted their documents are promised to receive a passport in a month. Those who receive it for the first time pay 43 dollars, those who renew it pay in manats,” the correspondent of the publication reports. According to him, those who submitted the documents were surprised by the “unaccustomed” politeness of the employees of the Migration Service.

“There were few people who applied, perhaps the majority left, or they don’t know yet,” the correspondent notes.

Dual citizenship between Turkmenistan and Russia existed for 10 years and was abolished in April 2003. After the termination of the treaty, Russia continued to grant its citizenship to the Turkmens. The Turkmen government refused to issue documents to those who received Russian citizenship after 2003, demanding that they choose the citizenship of one country, while not officially commenting on their actions.

Recall that in July 2019, the Ashgabat and regional offices of the Migration Service of Turkmenistan began accepting documents for issuing passports from dual nationals. However, only certain categories of citizens, including children and the elderly, were able to receive them.

Meanwhile , the Russian Foreign Ministry said that on June 21 the head of the department , Sergei Lavrov , had a telephone conversation with his Turkmen counterpart Rashid Meredov , where they discussed issues of bilateral cooperation and preparations for the Sixth Caspian Summit . The Turkmen Foreign Ministry did not write about the talks.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan