President addresses nation over EC proposal on visa-free regime for Ukraine

22:10, 20 April 2016
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Ukrainian President commented in his televised address on "long-awaited news" from Brussels that came in earlier on Wednesday as President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker informed the Head of State that the European Commission had proposed to the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament to introduce the visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens.

"For me personally, it was a long path of hard diplomatic and internal political work. I remember every step on this path, every decision, almost every letter in the visa-free legislation. Generally, we have fulfilled a plan, which contained almost 140 conditions. Its main conditions are related to the new efficient security system and fight against corruption. Specifically, the entire anti-corruption legislation is a condition for the abolition of visas," the president said.

Stressing that the visa-free regime has been his "obligation" to the Ukrainian people, Poroshenko said: "We can mark it as “done” in a few months."

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As UNIAN reported earlier, the European Commission on April 20 has moved with a proposal to grant Ukraine a visa-free regime with the European Union.

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