11:25 May. 26, 2016
Debates on visa free regime for Ukraine and Kosovo to be held on May, 26th
The European Parliament is set to intensify the process of considering the visa-free regime for Ukraine, stated EP President Martin Schulz in a phone talk with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko. This is according to the President's official site.
"This is a wonderful finish of a two-year-long struggle with injustice resulting in Ukraine's victory over Russia," said Schulz while congratulating Poroshenko with the release of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, adding though the sanctions against Russia are to remain without neither lifting nor softening.
Stressing on enforcing visa liberalization for Ukraine EP president said the debates are planned for Thursday, May 26th. The MEPs are set to discuss the visa free regime both for Ukraine and Kosovo.
Earlier in May the E.U. Ambassador to Ukraine Jan Tombinski stressed there would be no delay in simplifying the visa regime between Ukraine and the E.U., since Kyiv managed to satisfy all the requirements needed for free travel across Europe.
Previously numerous Ukrainian media with reference to Mykola Tochytskyi, the Representative of Ukraine to the EU, reported the E.U. Member States might postpone the visa liberalization in view of migrant crisis in European Union and neighbouring countries. The diplomat noted the E.U. Commission may launch a procedure enabling the decision on a visa-free regime after it is taken to be renegotiated.
"Some EU Member States believe that these changes should be introduced first, and then the visa-free regime for Ukraine can be provided," Tochytskyi said.
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin objected his counterpart insisting postponing the visa-free regime introduction is pure nonsense, since it contravenes basic E.U. principles.