Ukraine, EU reaffirm course for visa-free travel

The EU-Ukraine Association Council, which began its work on December 15, has confirmed the determination of both parties to achieve a visa-free regime provided that conditions for well-managed and secure mobility are in place.
This is stated in a press release following the first inaugural meeting of the council.
“[The Association Council] welcomed that Ukraine has fulfilled all the benchmarks under the first phase of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan. It took positive note that the assessment of the benchmarks under the second phase has been launched and encouraged full and effective implementation of all benchmarks,” reads the report.
In addition, the European Union and Ukraine again condemned Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea.
“The EU and Ukraine condemned the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, which they will not recognize, and the continued presence and infiltration of illegal forces, mercenaries, weapons and military equipment originating from the territory of the Russian Federation,” reads the document.
The sides also mentioned the Minsk memorandum.
“The EU and Ukraine agreed that the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum need to be implemented in full scope and without further delay, as a step towards a sustainable political solution of the conflict, which needs to be based on the respect for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity,” reads the statement.

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