Kyiv expects swift decision on visa-free regime with EU – Presidential administration official
The Ukrainian presidential administration expects the European Parliament to approve granting Ukraine a visa-free regime with the EU soon.
"We proceed from the fact that Ukraine has met all of the 144 necessary criteria and we look forward to a swift decision of the European side to fulfill its obligations," Deputy Head of the presidential administration Kostiantyn Yeliseyev said at a briefing in Kyiv on Friday.
According to him, last Saturday Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had a telephone conversation, during which Poroshenko raised the issue of Germany's support for Ukraine's getting the visa-free regime as soon as possible.
"We have received the undeniable support of the German side in this matter, but you know that the EU, in particular in the European Parliament, is currently holding a debate on the terms of the suspension of the visa-free regime in the event of threats of increasing the number of refugees and asylum seekers," he said.
At the same time, Yeliseyev said that this was in no way Ukraine's problem, but a general problem of illegal immigration and the EU security.