17:15 18.11.2016

Ukrainian president, European Council president discuss visa-free regime prospects for Ukrainians in EU

European Council President Donald Tusk expressed hope that European Union authorities will soon agree on the issues related to a visa waiver for Ukrainian citizens.

Tusk said so during a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, the Ukrainian presidential press service said on Friday.

Tusk and Poroshenko welcomed the COREPER decision to initiate negotiations on introduction of a visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens. "This decision is a significant political achievement in the visa liberalization process," the press service cited Tusk as saying.

The sides discussed preparations for the EU-Ukraine summit, which will take place in Brussels on November 24.

On November 17, the Committee of Permanent Representatives in the European Union (COREPER) agreed on behalf of the European Council on a negotiating position on the introduction of the visa-free regime for Ukraine. COREPER confirmed the proposal of the European Commission to provide visa-free travel for Ukrainian citizens when travelling to the EU for a period of stay of 90 days in any 180-day period, the European Council said in a statement.

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