16:37 Nov. 24, 2016
Ukraine's quest for EU visa-free regime goes on and on with no end in sight
Despite all the allegations and suggestions, Ukraine hasn't obtained the EU visa-free regime so far.
The date of abolishing visas has been postponed many times, and yet we still we don't know when will the Ukrainians start travelling Europe freely. According to the latest news, the EU officials fail to approve the necessary suspension mechanism by the end of 2016, so abolishing visas for Ukraine and Georgia is likely to be postponed again - at least until summer 2017, just after holding crucial presidential elections in France.
The long-awaited decision on visas is being pushed back because of the concerns of France, Belgium, Germany and Italy, the European Parliament president Martin Shultz told on Thursday.
Nevertheless, Ukraine has successfully fulfilled all 114 options demanded by the EU officials for cancelling visas, so now it's up to the European bureaucracy to have their final say, Ukrainian officials say.
UT invites you to get somewhere back in history and trace Ukraine's thorny and winding way to EU visa-free regime.