Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Olha Stefanishyna reacted to the information that a visa-free regime with the European Union could be limited for this country. She made the corresponding statement on the air of Ukraine 24.
According to Stefanishyna, this information indicates that some "domestic forces" are trying to "undermine the situation" before the approaching Ukraine-EU summit.
"I regard this as a staging before the Ukraine-EU summit. I can completely refute the information that Ukraine does not meet the criteria for the work of a visa-free regime. My position is based on the official report of the European Union, based on the results of which a decision is made to extend or suspend visa-free travel. And it says that Ukraine meets the visa-free criteria," she said.
The Deputy Prime Minister noted that the EU's annual report, which was published more than a month ago, mentions that the number of migration flows from Ukraine tends to decrease.
"These negative figures, which were published in the media, refer to other countries," Stefanishyna added.
Meanwhile, the EU countries intend to limit the visa-free regime for the Balkan and Eastern European states due to "abuses". Ukraine was also included in this list.
The cited list of abuses included unlawful residency and unfounded asylum claims.
The document, dated September 27, appeared as European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen toured the Western Balkans.
The EU visa regime for Montenegro, Serbia, and North Macedonia was abolished in December 2009, followed by Albania and Bosnia in 2010, Moldova in 2014, and Georgia and Ukraine in 2017.