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

11:28 May. 21, 2016

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

Flags of Ukraine and E.U. (Unian photo)

E.U. is looking to first enable mechanism of urgent suspension of visa liberalisation in case of abuse 

European Union is not going to lift visas for Ukraine during the next few months. The E.U. is currently looking to enable a mechanism which allows for urgent suspension of visa-free travel for certain countries if they abuse this regime. And only after this mechanism is approved, Brussels will proceed to discuss the visa liberalisation for Ukraine.

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This was reported by the French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, according to BBC.

"We cannot give consideration to lifting visas for Ukraine, Georgia and Kosovo in the coming weeks or months. France doesn't want it", Cazeneuve said on Friday, May 20.

The statement emerged during the Council of Europe summit, where the European Ministers discussed visa liberalisation for Turkey. According to BBC, Cazeneuve's comment was supported by other officials.

Read also: European Parliament stops work on Turkey visa liberalisation

"Considering the current migrant crisis, the biggest crisis since the World War 2, visa liberalisation (for Ukraine, Georgia and Kosovo) wouldn't be the best idea. Timing plays a very important role in politics", said Belgian Junior Minister for Immigration Theo Francken.

Earlier E.U. Ambassador to Ukraine Jan Tombinski claimed the visa liberalisation for Ukraine was running as planned. 

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