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Polish foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski believes that it is possible to simplify the visa regime with Ukraine after the signing of the Association Agreement, he said ForUm correspondent in exclusive comments during the 10th annual meeting of the Yalta European Strategy (YES).
"We hope the simplification of visa regime to become the next step. The largest number of Polish consulates in Europe is located in Ukraine. At the same time, a half of all Schengen visas, which Poland gives, is issued to your state," he said.
He spoke positively about the prospects of Ukraine in the European Economic Space, but noted that our country will also have to face a number of difficulties.
"Customs borders will open, and Ukraine will have to face many difficulties in the short term. It will hit the country's budget. But it also means that your state will have more opportunities to export products to Europe," Sikorski said.
In addition, he noted that trade liberalization may not please many owners of monopolies.
Sikorski also said that Ukraine’s cooperation with Russia will get better in due course. "Ukraine is very important for Russia in economic terms, which explains the desire of Russia to arrange food wars with Ukraine as with Georgia. But I think that after the signing of the agreement in Vilnius, the situation may change. Not immediately, it needs time. For example, we had the same situation with Russia. The trade volumes with Russia increased after our accession to the EU," the minister said.