: EU to decide on visa-free regime suspension by the end of June

14:02 Jun. 14, 2016

EU to decide on visa-free regime suspension by the end of June

European Union flags are pictured outside the European Commission building on October 24, 2014 in Brussels, Belgium (Getty Images)

Delay in visa-free regime for Ukraine causes concern to E.U. states

The European Union members agreed that they will address the issue of introducing a mechanism for suspension of the visa-free regime, by the end of June.

This was reported by Ukraine's Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal at a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Inter-Parliamentary Council in Kyiv on June 14.

Read also: We can't lift visas for Ukraine in upcoming months - French Minister

"It's not about Ukraine, now it is important for the European Union to introduce a tool for suspending the visa-free regime. There is consensus within the EU that they will resolve this issue by the end of June," said Zerkal.

That is why, according to her, Ukraine and Georgia became hostage of the visa-free regime suspension process.

"It is not about Ukraine, it is all about the EU member states - they face a crisis, and they are looking for a mechanism to prevent this crisis," Zerkal added.

President Petro Poroshenko ruled out the possibility of failure on a visa-free regime with the EU. On June 10, the EU Council delayed a decision on a visa-free regime for Georgia, Ukraine, Kosovo and Turkey.

Read also: Poroshenko certain Ukraine to get E.U. visa free regime in 2016

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