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 Klimkin on visa-free travel: "Multiple violations may lead to problems"

Difficulties may surface during the introduction of the visa-free travel for Ukraine in the European Union, but everything will eventually depend on the responsibility of Ukrainian citizens.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said in an interview with LIGA.net, Censor.NET reports.

"The effectiveness of the visa-free regime will depend on each of us... The suspension mechanism provides for clear criteria. Imagine someone will violate the visa-free regime at the first stages of its implementation. For example, [a person] will try to stay in the Schengen zone for more than 90 days. If such cases prove rare, this is one thing. If there are thousands of violations, try to imagine how Ukrainians will be treated," the minister said.

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According to Klimkin, the problems may arise if numerous violations affect "certain countries" rather than the EU as a whole.

"If we look at the history of visa-free relations with other countries, we'll see that after a certain period it starts to function normally... And we will be monitored for the first six months or a year. If we follow the rules, the regime will be absolutely effective. And if everything goes well, then, say, one person out of a hundred or two hundred will be asked to explain the purpose of the visit. And if everything goes bad, such questions will sound more often. This is the management of the process necessary to ensure that the Schengen zone is safe," he stressed.
 
 
 
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