Thursday, October 20 2016 18:55 EEST
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As soon as possible: Martin Schulz assured Poroshenko that European Parliament has stable majority to introduce visa-free regime with Ukraine
Martin Schulz, Poroshenko, European Parliament, visa-free regime, Ukraine, Berlin, Normandy format

President Petro Poroshenko met with President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz.

The Head of Ukrainian State informed on the results of the meeting in the Normandy format held on October 19 in Berlin.

The parties discussed the necessity of continuation of sanctions against Russia until full restoration of territorial integrity of Ukraine. They also negotiated the possibility of increasing restrictive measures against Russia in the context of human rights violations in Crimea.

President Petro Poroshenko praised constant support from the European Parliament to Ukraine in countering Russian aggression and continuation of reforms.

The Head of State urged the European Parliament to provide visa-free regime for Ukrainians as soon as possible. “The European Parliament has a stable majority to introduce visa-free regime with Ukraine,” Martin Schulz noted.

The parties agreed that the Association Agreement must be immediately ratified.

Petro Poroshenko and Martin Schulz discussed the course of reforms in Ukraine. The President of Ukraine urged the European Parliament to speed up the approval of additional autonomous trade preferences for Ukraine.

Also  in Brussels the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin held a meeting with the First Vice-President of the European Commission for the Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights Frans Timmermans.

The sides discussed the issues of Ukraine-EU agenda, in particular the perspectives of the Visa liberalization for Ukrainian citizens and the completion of ratification of the Association Agreement.

P. Klimkin informed his counterpart on Ukraine’s progress in the implementation of reforms, underlying the fulfillment by Ukraine of all the requirements set out in the Visa Liberalization Action Plan. F.Timmermans, in his turn, reaffirmed the full support of the European Commission in the swift introduction of a visa-free regime with Ukraine.

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