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Ukraine hopes for bilateral visa-free regime with UK after Brexit, - Foreign Minister

According to Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine will soon start negotiations with Great Britain on the mitigation of the visa regime for Ukrainians soon
17:54, 6 February 2019

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Ukraine does not plan to implement visa regime for the British citizens after U.K. withdrawal from the EU. Besides, Kyiv intends to achieve the mitigation of the visa regime for the Ukrainians, who travel to Britain as Voice of America reported, citing Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin.

Klimkin noted that the British visa demands for the Ukrainians are still not reconsidered; however, Kyiv's and London's representatives actively work on the agreement on the trade relations.

Related: Ukraine-Uruguay visa free regime to take effect February 15

According to the minister, Brexit is the reason for the reformation of the relations and rapprochement between Britain and Ukraine but it does not create favorable conditions for the mitigation of the visa regime.

“We fully understand the concern as the discussion on Brexit was caused by the migration issues, in other words, perception inside Britain”, Klimkin said hinting at the reluctance of the British politicians to hold negotiations on the mitigation of the entrance to the UK for foreigners.

Related: Two million Ukrainians used benefits of visa-free regime with EU

“We understand particular sensitivity of our friends but we will achieve it anyway. Maybe not tomorrow, but the serious negotiations will start soon,” the minister reported.

Today, the British citizens can freely visit Ukraine with short-time visits but Ukrainians need visas to enter Great Britain, and their issuance means significant payment.

Related: Ukraine plans to arrange visa-free regime with South Korea, - Verkhovna Rada Chairman

As we reported, the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine holds the negotiations on the visa-free regime or mitigation of the visa regime with more than two dozen countries.

Besides, Ukraine improved its position in the passport rating for three points in 2018, and took the 41st place in the Henley & Partners Company list. Currently, the Ukrainian passport allows to travel to 128 countries without a visa, which is 14 states more than it was in 2017.

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