News from Eastern Europe: Visegrad Group calling for EU visa-free travel for Ukrainians

12:46 Sep. 7, 2016

Visegrad Group calling for EU visa-free travel for Ukrainians

The Members of Visegrad Group pose for a photo at the Economic Forum, Krynica, Poland on September 06, 2016. (Getty Images photo)

"It's a moral issue," Hungarian PM Viktor Orban says  

The leaders of four eastern European countries, known as the Visegrad Group, expressed their support for Ukraine's European aspirations and promised to push for the cancellation of the visa regime for Ukrainians travelling to the EU countries.

"It's a moral issue," said Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban, adding that the EU had promised to take steps to bring Ukraine closer to the bloc.

"But over the past two years, nothing has happened," he complained.

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Prime Ministers from Visegrad members Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland - all EU states since 2004 - met on the sidelines of the 26th Economic Forum in the Polish town of Krynica to discuss their views on key issues ahead of next week's informal EU summit in Bratislava, Slovakia.

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The heads of government were debating security issues, border protection and the idea of a joint European army. V4 leaders also met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman.

Based on reporting by AFP

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