Visegrad Four Foreign Ministers to visit Kyiv
18:57, 4 May 2016

Visegrad Four Foreign Ministers to visit Kyiv

One of key issues at the meeting in Prague was settlement of Donbas conflict

18:57, 4 May 2016

The issue of Ukraine was one of key items at the meeting of “Visegrad Four” Foreign Ministers and “Eastern Partnership”, which took place today, on May 4, in Prague, informed correspondent of “Radio Liberty” Rostyslav Khotin to “112 Ukraine”.

One of key issues of today’s meeting was settlement of Donbas conflict. According to Foreign Minister of Poland Vitold Vascikovski, Ministers of the Visegrad group agree, that implementation of Minsk agreements by both sides of the conflict, first of all by Russia, is the only way to settle the conflict.

“Another aspect regarding Ukraine is visa liberalization with the EU, which should be implemented this year. There are two aspects to consider. First: The Ministers believe, that Turkey strives to obtain visa liberalization even earlier – in June. It has been mentioned during a press conference, that it wouldn’t be fair to Ukraine and Georgia, if Turkey received visa-free regime earlier than Kyiv and Tbilisi”, - the correspondent noted.

The data of the start of visa liberalization for Ukraine was also discussed. There are several options – mid-summer or autumn of 2016. However, Foreign Ministry of Hungary believes, that Ukraine is ready for cancellation of visa obligations even now and this must happen immediately, as soon as possible.

Moreover, Foreign Ministers of Visegrad Four intend to pay a visit to Kyiv soon.

“Lubomir Zaoralek stated, that the visit is aimed at appraising the process of implementation of reforms in Ukraine and at meeting the new government of Ukraine”, - Khotin informed.

Related: Hahn: Governments of Visegrad Four countries should cooperate on daily basis

Related: Online Broadcast: Meeting of Visegrad Four Foreign Ministers

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