In what seems to be a rush to get as much done before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, and possibly tears apart Obama’s world
disorder order, Ukrainian citizens will be able to travel to most EU countries without a visa, European Council President Donald Tusk has announced.
Tusk said Ukraine had met relevant standards “perfectly” and in the next few weeks EU officials would figure out how the visa free travel will be implemented…
“The last three years have seen the birth of a new Ukraine, that advances its democracy and economy through sometimes very tough reforms.”
“Additional assistance from Europe should help Ukraine in strengthening its democratic path.”
Donald Tusk said the visa free travel would come into force once the European Parliament and the European Council agreed on changes to the EU’s visa policy.
The announcement was made at a meeting of Ukrainian and EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday.
The visa-free scheme will allow Ukrainians with a biometric passport to enter the Schengen area – including some non-EU areas such as Switzerland and Iceland, but not the UK or Ireland – without a visa for up to 90 days.
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has been promising his citizens visa-free travel to the EU for nearly three years. It was part of a partnership accord signed in 2014 that angered Russian officials.
Mr Poroshenko said after the summit that he was “sad” visa-free travel was not already a reality for his country’s citizens, but hoped it would happen by the end of the year.