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Petro Poroshenko had a phone conversation with Martin Schulz
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During the discussion the sides discussed prospects of approval of visa-free regime.

Mission of Ukraine to the EU reported that Petro Poroshenko had a phone conversation with President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz in order to coordinate positions in the context of preparations to the Ukraine-EU high-level political consultations that will be held in Brussels on June 27. The parties also discussed the prospects of introduction of the visa-free regime for Ukrainians.

The interlocutors discussed the progress of Ukraine on the track of reforms. In this context, the President of the European Parliament congratulated the Head of State on the approval of constitutional amendments on justice, which became an important signal about the commitment of the Ukrainian authorities to the course of pro-European democratic reforms.

Martin Schulz reaffirmed that Ukraine had properly fulfilled all the criteria required for the introduction of the visa-free regime for Ukrainians by the EU. In this regard, he assured that he made every effort for the European Parliament to make a positive decision shortly.

The parties also discussed the situation in Donbass and noted the importance of further coordination of efforts with a view to continue sanction pressure on Russia, which should remain until Ukraine restores its sovereignty in Donbass and Crimea.

As reported, in April, the European Commission introduced a legislative initiative to the EU Council and the European Parliament on the abolition of visa requirements for short-term travels within the Schengen area for the citizens of Ukraine.

Ukraine is expected to achieve visa-free regime with 28 of Schengen area member states by mid-2016.

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