Ukraine to cancel visas to Romanians and Bulgarians simultaneously with EU's ratification of visa facilitation agreement with Ukraine
31.10.2007 | 15:58

Ukraine is ready to cancel visa regime to Romania, but simultaneously with the ratification of the Ukraine - EU agreement on visa regime facilitation, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told journalists in Bucharest, accompanying President Viktor Yushchenko during his official visit to Romania.

Foreign Minister Yatsenyuk noted Ukraine can take the move toward Romania and Bulgaria and technically the issue of treating these countries with the same privileges as other EU members enjoy now is now being settled.

However Ukraine counts on the principle of reciprocity, Yatsenyuk said, expressing his hope that all procedures will be completed by 2007 close and since January 1, 2008 the decision will take effect.

Ukraine introduced visa-free regime for the EU in 2005 as a goodwill act. This unilateral initiative didn't demand the respond, but Ukraine counted on adequate reaction by the EU.

Ukraine has also introduced visa-free regimes to Switzerland, the USA, Japan, Liechtenstein, Canada, Andorra, Vatican, Iceland, Monaco, Norway and San Marino. Now the number of countries, which enjoy visa-free travels to Ukraine amounts to 36.

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