Poroshenko hopes for visa-free travel for Ukraine this summer
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he hopes Ukraine will be granted a visa-free regime with the European Union this summer, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
"I appreciate the support of the head of the Greek government on the issue of the introduction of visa-free regime as soon as possible. We've discussed today that it will accelerate [flows of] Ukrainian tourists to Greece," Poroshenko said at a joint press conference with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Kyiv on Thursday.
Visa waivers for Ukraine to enter into force Jun 12 – journalist"It is desirable, and we have agreed to coordinate our efforts to make it happen so that the Ukrainians have an opportunity to travel [to the EU without visas] this summer. Mr. Prime Minister has supported this," he said.
"And it will be particularly interesting for Greek tourists to see Kyiv, Mariupol and Odesa, which is historically linked with Greece," Poroshenko added.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the European Parliament on December 15 adopted proposals for a visa waiver suspension mechanism. This decision is yet to be approved by the Council of the European Union.
The issue of visa liberalization for Ukraine will be put to the vote in the European Parliament immediately after the completion of the inter-institutional negotiations.