The attempt to delay visa-free regime for Ukraine would be a manifestation of double standards by the EU, – Gerashchenko

Попытки отсрочить безвизовый режим Украине будут проявлением двойных стандартов со стороны ЕС, - Геращенко

First Vice-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s representative to the Humanities subgroup of the Trilateral contact group Irina Gerashchenko said that attempts to postpone the granting Ukraine visa-free regime with the EU will be a demonstration of double standards by the EU. She wrote about this in Facebook.

Gerashchenko criticized the German and French officials who announced the postponement of the visa-free regime for Ukraine.

“The statements of certain German and French officials that the visa-free regime not at the time, and we still have to wait months, etc., reminds me of 2008, when the position of Germany and France was to block the granting Ukraine the NATO membership action plan. It was the most possible error. Which made possible the aggression against Georgia in 2008 and against Ukraine in the spring of 2014”, – she wrote.

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She noted that Ukraine has fulfilled all the items of the action Plan of visa liberalization.

“In those paragraphs was not a word about the reference to Turkey, with all due respect to this friendly country. Therefore, any attempt to delay visa-free regime – it will attempt to demonstrate the double standards in Ukraine. Ukrainians do not exactly deserve. And so now Ukrainian politicians must mobilize and to convey this position of the Ukrainian society to all our European partners. Ukraine has fulfilled all the conditions of VLAP and is awaiting a decision on visa-free regime. It would be fair and as partners”, – added Gerashchenko.

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We will remind, foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin urged not to disseminate information about the postponement of the introduction of a visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU. According to him, in Brussels discussed the procedure for the rapid termination of visa-free regime in the case of serious violations, in particular the occurrence of migration crises. Klimkin said that the issue should be discussed at the meeting of Ministers of internal Affairs of the European Union.