Ukraine can count only on liberalization of the visa regime in the process of the Riga summit, the EU, the issue of visa-free regime for the state was not even discussed, said the foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars rink?vi?s.
Answering the question about the possibility of adoption at the time of the Riga summit of a positive decision on simplifying the visa regime in the EU for citizens of Ukraine, Rinkevics welcomed the commencement of the implementation by Ukraine of the desired characteristics for liberalization of the visa regime, for example, issuing biometric passports, UNIAN reports. According to his statement, during the Riga summit will assess the process of Ukraine's fulfillment of the necessary conditions for visa liberalization, as well as clearly identify by when the country should be done outstanding work in this direction.
Rink?vi?s expressed the hope that after re-evaluation made by Ukraine of work and the relevant policy debates the issue of liberalization of the visa regime for citizens of Ukraine will be solved. According to the Latvian Minister, the may summit of "Eastern partnership" in Riga will be one of the main activities of the programme over the next three months of Latvia's presidency of the EU Council. Rinkevics said the importance of this summit, which will be different from the previous one, as will take place under the sign of war in Ukraine. March 17, foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin expressed doubts that the European Union States will provide the country with a visa-free regime in the spring of the current year due to hostilities in the Donbass. on 12 February, the head of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that during the visit to the summit of the EU leaders on Thursday asked the leaders of the States of the Union to provide his country visa-free regime at the may summit of " Eastern partnership ". We emphasize, 18 December, the head of the EU delegation to Ukraine Jan Tombinski has said that Ukraine until not ready for the introduction of a visa-free regime with the European Union. However, in the spring Tombinski has made controversial statements. For example, 26 may 2014, he argued that a visa-free regime Between Ukraine and the European Union has the opportunity to be introduced by the end of 2014 (which, as we know, did not happen). First head of government of the Visegrad group (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary) called for expediting the introduction of a visa-free regime with Ukraine and the allocation of additional payment for the development of civil society in the country. Remember, may 14, 2014 Poland has called for the abolition of the visa regime Between Ukraine and the Schengen area. Later, however, the people's Deputy of the Sejm of Poland, the Deputy head of the parliamentary Council on foreign relations Professor Tadeusz Iwi?ski said that the abolition of the visa regime Between Ukraine and the countries of Schengen agreement now unrealistic.