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 In its visa liberalization process, Ukraine is hostage of EU fighting for power, - Klimkin

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin believes that Ukraine and its visa liberalization became hostages in fighting for power between the European Parliament and the EU Council.

Klimkin told Ukrainian journalists on the sidelines of the OSCE ministers' meeting held in Hamburg on Dec. 8-9, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

"The problem, on one level, is that the European Parliament and the EU Council so to say fight for power in order to show who is doing more, on not less, for European citizens," Klimkin said.

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The second is the national level, Klimkin said, i.e. the migration crisis, the terrorist attacks, and upcoming elections.

"Many think that visa liberalization goes together for Ukraine and Georgia and Turkey," the minister said.

The diplomat says visa liberalization for Ukraine is no longer the matter of politics, but a technical one. Klimkin hopes the European Parliament will soon vote on the matter and launch the so-called trialogue between the EU Commission, the EU Council and the European Parliament.

The Thursday news from Brussels, of the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) confirming the compromise text was agreed with the European Parliament on a regulation to revise the visa suspension mechanism, made many rejoice in Hamburg, Klimkin said.

"The EU is as happy as we are," the minister commented.

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