The Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, could talk through imposing the visa free regime with Russia in February 2017, though the issue ‘should have been raised a long time ago’. MP Ihor Ghuz said this during the Thursday interview with 112 Ukraine TV channel.
‘Finally, the Foreign Ministry shows some adequacy when reacting to opinions of many MPs… If the Ministry really wanted that issue to be solved, they’d offer solution two-three weeks ago, so that there would be discussion in the session hall. Perhaps, in this case we’d have certain decisions by the New Year ’s Eve. But that, I guess, comes in February – at best rate. But, even if that happens in February, it’s still going to be the victory of pro-Ukrainian forces, which do realizer that one needs to limit contacts with Russia, implement visa regime, et cetera,’ he said.
Earlier today, Minister Pavlo Klimkin said the government could impose visa regime with Russia in the near future.
The issue of Ukraine-Russia visa regime was raised in August, when the bilateral relations worsened even more than before, as Russia claimed its law enforcers had detained Ukrainian saboteurs in the annexed Crimea. Many of Ukraine's political figures have been calling for introduction of the visa free regime with Russia since the beginning of the Russian aggression in late February 2014.