Russia gave an ultimatum to illegal immigrants remaining in the country, giving priority to the welfare of Russians, unlike the open borders policy promoted by President Biden and the Democrats who generated a border crisis in the United States.

Russian Deputy Minister of the Interior, Alexander Gorovoy, reminded the representatives of the countries linked to the Commonwealth of Independent States that the citizens of their respective territories should leave the country before June 15.

“There are many of your citizens who are currently on the territory of my country illegally. And if we do not reduce this number by June 15, as the presidential decree implies, these people will be punished, up to the expulsion and closure of borders,” Gorovoy said, according to Anadolu Agency on April 16. 

Gorovoy was referring to the presidential decree signed by Vladimir Putin in mid-December. Putin argued that the restriction was a consequence of the Chinese Communist Party Virus pandemic.

The Ministry of the Interior reported that the number of immigrants residing in the country, who lack legal documentation, is estimated at one million. They come mainly from Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, and Kazakhstan.

The effects of the pandemic mean that only people from some of the countries that now make up the so-called post-Soviet era are allowed to enter.

Migrants provide a significant proportion of the labor force used in Russian agriculture and construction. The authorities reported that about half of the migrants had left the country because of the pandemic. 

On the other hand, Russia is currently facing several international episodes that foreshadow confrontations that could escalate into armed combat, as is the case of its conflictive relationship with Ukraine.

After it had supported pro-Russian separatists in the Crimean Peninsula, it annexed a large part of that territory and now alleges that armed provocations are being committed from Ukraine.

Fighting is frequent in eastern Ukraine, between the Ukrainian army and the separatists, in what would appear to be a continuation of the conflict that has confronted them since 2014 and has left 14,000 dead. 

According to Reuters, in response to those alleged provocations, Russia stationed 110,000 troops on Ukraine’s border in 56 battalion-sized tactical groups, citing the latest intelligence from Kyiv. 

One of Russia’s projects is to stockpile nuclear weapons in Crimea, suggests Defense Minister Andrii Taran.

Meanwhile, the relationship between Russia and the United States has become increasingly strained since last month. 

After U.S. President Joe Biden called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin a “murderer” and imposed sanctions against Russia, it led to retaliation from the Russian government.

“The latest attack on our country undertaken by the Biden administration, of course, cannot remain unanswered,” a representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry said.  

He added: “Washington, it seems, doesn’t want to put up with the fact that in the new geopolitical realities, there is no place for unilateral dictatorship.” 

Turning words into deeds, Russia sanctioned eight U.S. officials, and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow would shut down U.S. non-governmental organizations in the Russian Federation.

Notwithstanding these frictions, the two governments are in talks leading to a bilateral meeting to negotiate disagreements.

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