For the last one year and a half Ukraine has signed agreements on simplification of visa regime or on visa free regime with 13 countries, Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Dykusarov told a briefing, ForUm correspondent reports.

According to him, another four agreements are close to completion.

Dykusarov also informed that Foreign Ministry of Ukraine pays priority attention to the rights of Ukrainian during visa application procedure. According to him, the Ministry uses all available diplomatic instruments to defend the rights and interests of Ukrainian citizens, including monitoring of observance of the EU-Ukraine agreement on simplification of visa application procedures.

"In violations of the agreement occur we inform the European side about every single case," he said.

At the same time Dykusarov noted that violations in the process of visa application procedure are no longer of mass character, and statistics proves it. "In 2008 there were 566 complains registered, in 2009 - 318 violations, in 2010 - 114 cases and this year only 74 claims," he summed up.

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