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Ukraine's visa talks with Britain might begin in a year, - ambassador

Source : 112 Ukraine

The visa regime for Ukrainians will continue after the UK’s withdrawal from the EU
13:16, 31 January 2020

mil.gov.ua

Ukraine's visa talks with Britain might begin in a year. This was stated by British Ambassador to Ukraine Melinda Simmons on the air of 1+1 TV Channel.

"When we come to the end of this period, then we will need to have negotiations on bilateral agreement with Ukraine and resolve these issues. After that, we will negotiate with the Ukrainian side on both the trade and other things. But it will be later," she explained.

Simmons explained that President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky had issued a decree on visa waiver for the British, as international agreements will remain in force, but internally Britain will no longer be a member of the European Union after Brexit.

Related: Zelensky introduces visa-free regime for UK citizens

"The issue of visa waiver is not a political issue, it is the issue of border security. And border security is the reason why the UK did not participate in the Schengen Agreement. And that policy has not changed," she said.

Simmons added that the visa regime for Ukrainians will continue.

"That is, there will be no change, if you are going to the UK from Ukraine, then you will need to get a visa," she summarized.

As we reported earlier, the visa-free regime will be implemented for UK citizens in Ukraine. However, it will be temporary; it is supposed to expire on January 30, 2021. 

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