Russian consular services for citizens in the occupied territories have begun, featuring mobile consular units. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova responded to queries about Ersin Tatar's assertions and discussions between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding these services.
Regarding the status and format, Zakharova stated that these aspects are still under development, though the need for consular services in the northern part of Cyprus has long been evident. A consular delegation was dispatched to the north of Nicosia on September 21, 2023. Two mobile units processed applications, including those for new-generation passports. Over 70 applications were received, with 15 passports issued to minors. Numerous applications for Russian citizenship for children were also accepted.
Additionally, consular teams made home visits to individuals unable to travel for health reasons. Zakharova announced that this effort will continue, with nearly 1,000 individuals having received or registered for consular services in the occupied north of Nicosia. The next consular mission is slated for the end of September, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson.
[With information from CNA]