Ukraine's Ambassador to the European Union Kostiantyn Yeliseyev, while commenting on a statement by Europol regarding the possible negative impact of the cancellation of visas with Ukraine on the growing activity of criminal groups in Europe, has called on Europol to reconsider this assessment.

He said that Ukraine had taken Europol's assessment with deep concern, UKRINFORM reported.

The ambassador recalled that Ukraine and Europol had signed an agreement on strategic cooperation and that in the near future they planned to sign an agreement on operational cooperation.

Yeliseyev said that an action plan for the cancellation of the visa regime submitted by Ukraine in November 2010 had proved that Ukraine had made significant progress in the field of justice, freedom and security, and, in particular, in the fight against organized crime.

The Ukrainian diplomat stressed that the assessment of Ukraine in Europol's report on organized crime threats to the European Union as a result of the cancellation of visas with a number of its eastern neighbors could have a negative effect on the tone of the dialogue between the European Commission and Ukraine on visa regime liberalization.

He expressed hope that "Europol will correct this regrettable mistake."

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