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 Poroshenko sees no preconditions for non-granting visa-free travel to Ukraine

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko does not exclude that the EU Council may potentially not adopt granting the visa-free regime for Ukraine, although he sees no preconditions for non-granting Ukraine a visa-free travel by the European Union so far.

The president said in an interview to Ukrainian TV channels, Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.

"All the European Commissioners voted unanimously to pass a legislative initiative to the European Parliament and the EU Council to grant Ukraine a visa-free travel and take a decision on granting us a visa-free travel at the ambassadorial level or, more likely, at the interior ministers' level or at the level of heads of state and governments," Poroshenko said.

"This is the first step towards our shared European life - after the signing of the Association Agreement, after the deep and comprehensive implementation of free trade area," he said.

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"Is there a chance for a step backwards? In theory, the EU Council may not adopt it (granting of EU-Ukraine visa-free travel - Ed.). I have to say that I was taking tremendous diplomatic efforts over last two weeks. I held talks with the president of the European Commission and president of the EU Council, European leaders, and they all appealed to the European Parliament. Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, has already said that they will do their best to accelerate the adoption of this decision (granting Ukraine a visa-free travel - Ed.) by the European Parliament. He is convinced of success," the president said.

"I do not currently see a threat of non-granting the visa-free travel to Ukraine," Poroshenko said, when asked whether it was a homestretch in the process of granting the Ukrainians visa liberalization with the EU.

"I stress that Ukrainians will definitely be able to travel to the EU with their biometric passports in the second half of 2016," the president said.

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Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n386016