Yatseniuk: Project Wall to allow Ukraine to get visa-free regime with EU
Ukraine needs to implement the project for the reinforcement of the state border with Russia in order to obtain a visa-free regime with the European Union, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk has said.
"Who does not like [the name] Wall, can call this project European Rampart. This is the arrangement of the eastern border of the European Union. Why do we need Project Wall or the European Rampart? Visa-free regime. Nobody will provide us with the visa-free regime, if there is no border," Yatseniuk said on Wednesday in Kharkiv region after viewing the Hoptivka border checkpoint.
In his words, the implementation of the project pursues a number of important objectives: stopping the illegal immigration, stopping raiding parties, stopping smuggling, stopping the flow of weapons and radioactive materials. In addition, the reinforced border serves as the first line of defense, he said.
"Such an arrangement of the state border provides for the establishment of the first line of defense. It performs military function... it is the key to a visa-free regime, a guarantee of stopping saboteurs and allowing the Ukrainian armed forces to cover the first line of Ukraine's defense against the aggressor, which is the Russian Federation," Yatseniuk said.
He also noted that the government sees the reinforcement of the state border as a key task.