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 European Commission’s Juncker believes Ukrainian citizens to be free from visa obligation in several weeks

After a thorough and lengthy assessment, the European Commission concluded earlier this year that visa liberalization conditions had been met by Ukraine.

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker wrote in his article for Baltic Rim Economies, Censor.NET reports.

He recalled that in 2010, the Commission laid down all the reforms that Ukraine would need to deliver to obtain visa free travel for its citizens.

"After a thorough and lengthy assessment, we concluded earlier this year that those conditions had been met. We must now keep our side of the bargain. I believe that Ukrainian citizens will be free from the visa obligation in a matter of weeks," Juncker wrote.

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President of the European Commission stressed that EU must and will keep supporting Ukraine: "We have already committed €7 billion to support the government's reform agenda, with a further €5 billion to come before 2020. And we are hopeful that the next €600m tranche of Macro Financial Assistance will be unlocked in early 2017 after Ukraine agreed to meet the remaining reform criteria. This is an investment in the country's transition, and an investment in our continent's stability."

According to him, EU will continue making efforts to solve the Donbas onflict through diplomatic means and by ensuring full respect of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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"That is why the EU insists on full implementation of the Minsk agreements, starting with a full and proper cease-fire," Juncker wrote.

"On our side we will continue to do everything we can to support this great European nation get back to its feet. Three years ago we embarked together on a new and hopeful path and today the EU stands just as firmly behind the people of Ukraine as we did then," he concluded.
   
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