The President’s Secretariat refused to make any statements on negotiations on free-visa regime. At the same time Viktor Yushchenko informed about significant progress in negotiation process. According to agreements between Kyiv and Brussels, which foresee signing of the road map on visa-free regime, visas to the EU countries for Ukrainians can be cancelled in 3-4 years.

The President Viktor Yushchenko hopes that by June, Ukraine and the European Union will have a clear plan for holding visa-free regime negotiations.

Viktor Yushchenko said that yesterday at a joint press conference with European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pottering in Kyiv.

"Starting from June 4, 2009, we will have a plan with all the steps required for Ukraine's transition to visa-free relations with Europe," Yushchenko said.

In turn, Pottering said that Europe does not want to be separated from the rest of the world, but has to worry about the safety of its citizens. He also noted that practical issues, including the visas, should be thoroughly considered.


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