14:02 Jun. 14, 2016
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.
"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.