Initiative Turchynov: Ukrainian border with “fingers”

After talking about the introduction of a visa regime with Russia in the national security Council offered to let the Russians in Ukraine only fingerprint or biometric passports. This idea was announced by the NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov. “Today” has learned how feasible the introduction of such innovations.

RUSSIAN PRINT. Last Saturday, Turchynov said that the state border service is preparing to pass Russian citizens biometric passports, as well as to the selection they have biometric data, “are Now calculated the technical details and what you need logistical assistance, for the admission of biometric passports and the fence of Russians identifying features (fingerprint or retina)”.

He added — this kind of innovation will work without any problems just a month after the Cabinet decides to allocate the money. Meanwhile, according to Turchynov, the guards do not have the equipment to check “biometrics” Russians are no queues at the border.

“The fact that many there are no biometric passports, is their question. Let bought. We need to protect our borders and to identify anyone who crosses the border. In the first place — from country-aggressor,” — said the NSDC Secretary.

Note that in the Russian biometric passports produced since 2009, however to date cross the Ukrainian border without it. The speaker of the state border service Oleg Slobodyan has not confirmed the “Today” preparing for this innovation, but says that the equipment to check biometric documents are on all Ukrainian international and interstate checkpoints.

“But we have no equipment to scan the retina. But the fingerprints we remove, if necessary, on the second line of border control (additional line for a more thorough check of documents, car and so on.) — there is appropriate equipment. It is necessary or to move to the first line, or to equip it with additional equipment”, — explained said.

“Russia needs the mirror to answer the complication of the entry of Russian citizens in Ukraine. Ukraine will pay a higher price for it,” — said the head of the state Duma Committee on international Affairs Alexei Pushkov.

CHANCES. Recall, initiatives to introduce additional control measures for crossing the Ukrainian border, the Russians sounded before. In early June the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin has suggested to create a system of preliminary informing of Russian citizens who are planning a trip to our country: “a Man comes to the Internet and says: “I have been through 5 days of food” – so, in fact, Russian citizens have to go to Ukraine”. Thus, according to Klimkin, the visa regime with the Northern neighbor today to introduce a risk — there can compel residents of the occupied Crimea to apply for a visa in their own country. But according to Turchynov, the final chord of all decisions at the border must still be a visa regime.

“It has long been said that one of the informal conditions of open borders with the EU is their closure with Russia. No one voiced, but the trend is clearly seen. In my opinion, Ukraine will be hard to sit on two chairs — to have open borders and there and there. And offer Turchinov is a compromise form of control on the border, — said the expert on international Affairs Andrew Buzarov. — With regard to the response, I do not think that Russia will go to the entry visas for Ukrainians. Although countermeasures in the form of strengthening of border control can be. Just keep in mind that a significant part of the Ukrainian borders are not controlled, so how will this work from the Russian side is still a question.”

“I think the option that offers now Turchynov is real and its already in the near future can run. Biometrics will make it possible to reliably identify a person and even if we don’t have a biometric database in the future, if you already lit it can be identified,” says the political scientist Alexander paly.

In Korea take the “fingers” from the “terrorists”, and in Japan all pictures

In General, the verification of biometrics at the border — not innovation. Those Schengen countries that have decided to check the biometrics on 5 April 2010, was not in this matter pioneers. The Japanese guards, for example, fingerprints removed since 2007. In addition, every foreigner take pictures of a special high-resolution camera. Since November 2009, the fingerprints of the thumb and forefinger of the right hand take off in the UK — they are compared with the data of biometric passports. From the first of may 2010 will dactyloscopic all travelers who enter the territory of Indonesia. But South Korea removes fingerprints, not all visitors. The procedure is applied only to those foreigners who have a biography similar to the biography of known terrorists, or those suspected of using false passports. Finally, since 2011, compulsory fingerprinting is used in Israel.

However, there are cases in international practice when a country check the biometrics of the citizens of a single country. For example, after the United States introduced fingerprinting and photographing of persons for the natives of Brazil, the South American States said States the same. The same mirror measures imposed against the United States and Iran in 2006.