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 "Prompt introduction of visa-free regime common goal of Ukraine and EC," - Poroshenko met with European Commissioner Avramopoulos

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a meeting with European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos.

The head of state congratulated the commissioner on the first visit to Ukraine and expressed gratitude for his active personal support in the issue of visa regime liberalization between Ukraine and the EU, Censor.NET reports citing the president's press office.

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The commissioner informed the president on the course of consideration of the European Commission's legislative proposal on abolition of visas in the European institutions. The parties agreed to coordinate joint actions in order to ensure prompt approval of a positive decision.

"We should unite efforts to accelerate the introduction of visa-free regime for Ukrainians," the president noted.

Dimitris Avramopoulos praised the appointment of new Prosecutor General of Ukraine and expressed hope for a high-quality reformation of prosecution and struggle against corruption.

"The EU commends reformist efforts of Ukrainian authorities and stands side-by-side with Ukraine in its struggle against core and organized crime," he said.

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The parties agreed on the importance of ensuring the entry into force of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU as soon as possible.

The president informed on the situation in the Donbas and the efforts of the Ukrainian party in the implementation of the Minsk agreements, inter alia, on the results of the recent ministerial meeting in the Normandy format in Berlin.

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They have once again emphasized that the EU's sanctions against Russia would remain until full implementation of the Minsk agreements by Moscow and restoration of territorial integrity of Ukraine including Crimea.

Petro Poroshenko paid special attention to significant deterioration of the situation with human rights protection of Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea, particularly continuing arrests and persecution of Mejlis representatives.

"The situation with human rights of Ukrainians, inter alia, Crimean Tatars is catastrophic," the president stressed.

He added that the EU sanctions in this case must be reinforced. In this regard, Petro Poroshenko praised the adoption of the resolution by the European Parliament on the situation with protection of rights of Crimean Tatars in the occupied Crimea.

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