: Ukraine must get visa-free regime immediately - Hungary's Foreign Minister

14:06 May. 5, 2016

Ukraine must get visa-free regime immediately - Hungary's Foreign Minister

Hungary's Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto (GettyImages)

Ukrainians were promised visa-free travel upon fulfilment of E.U. terms

Hungary's Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto calls on the European Union to immediately launch visa-free regime with Ukraine.

"When I say 'immediately', I mean exactly this word, with no longer procedural prolongations. Ukraine and Georgia have met all the requirements for visa liberalisation, therefore, it is a must to fulfil their request as well," said Szijjarto after the end of Visegrad Four (Czechia, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary) summit held in Prague on May 3-4.

The European Commission officially proposed visa liberalisation for Ukraine on April 20th, since Kyiv was recognised to satisfy all the necessary requirements for visa-free travel. For now, the proposal needs to be approved by the European Parliament and the members of the E.U. Afterwards it is to be agreed upon by the Council of the European Union.

Read also Visa-free travel for Ukraine is imminent

The terms of the proposal fulfilment vary significantly. Earlier it was predicted that Ukrainians are going to get the desired visa-free regime sometime in mid-July. Some experts though insist it will happen no sooner than late autumn 2016.

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