Raging thunderstorm strikes Moscow leaving seven dead, 69 injured — sourceWorld May 29, 18:01
MP rips Montenegrin top envoy's anti-Russia hype as lies, loyalty ‘display’ for NATORussian Politics & Diplomacy May 29, 17:44
Brazilian football stars Cafu, Lucio take Confederations Cup trophy on tour to GermanySport May 29, 17:02
Violent thunderstorm hits MoscowWorld May 29, 16:59
Russian rocket artillery to be rearmed with upgraded launchers by 2020Military & Defense May 29, 16:44
Russia to begin trials of new military transport plane in late 2017Military & Defense May 29, 16:18
Putin and Macron hold their first meeting in VersaillesRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 29, 15:58
Putin arrives in France for first meeting with MacronRussian Politics & Diplomacy May 29, 14:58
Romano Prodi believes G7 takes back seat without Russia and ChinaWorld May 29, 14:24
KIEV, November 8. /TASS/. The European Union will delay introduction of the visa-free travel regime with Ukraine if the Verkhovna Rada [parliament] fails to adopt necessary bills, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin said on Sunday.
"If we don’t do it [vote for a package of visa-related bills], the date of introducing the visa-free regime will be reviewed," he told the Inter television channel.
He said Ukrainian lawmakers have little time, "just a few session weeks," to adopt the package agreed with the European Union. The minister called on the lawmakers to tackle another round of voting on the visa regime liberalization bill as "a top priority matter."
On Thursday, November 5, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada failed to pass the visa package due to bitter controversy. Rada speaker Vladimir Groisman postponed the voting to November 10. The stumbling block in the voting was a bill on a national agency for the search and management of assets derived from corruption-related and other crimes.
The speaker however was optimistic about the passage of the bills. "I am sure the chances are not lost. I am sure we will find possibilities, we will hold more consultations and finally stop our disputes," he said. "I am sure we have time and possibilities to do that."
Ukraine needs to enact 13 laws related to the liberalization of the visa regime with the European Union to draw a final report on EU claims by December 15. The claims were in particular about anti-corruption measures and coordination of the migration service’s databases.
In September, the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy, Johannes Hahn refused to say when Ukraine could be granted visa-free travel regime.