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Several EU States Not Ready to Abolish Visas With Corrupt Ukraine – Source

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According to a diplomatic source, some EU member states aren't ready to introduce a visa-free regime with Ukraine due to Kiev's corruption issues.

BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — Several members of the European Union are not ready to abolish visa regime with Ukraine because of corruption concerns, a diplomatic source said Friday.

"Some [EU states] consider that the issues of struggle against corruption are raised [during discussion of visa liberalization with Kiev]… There are several member states, which are careful in the issues of visa liberalization independent from the state in question," the diplomatic source told reporters on condition of anonymity.

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The source added that the views on visa-free regime for Ukrainian residents within the Council of the European Union differ.

Ukraine has long sought a visa-free regime with the European Union. The introduction of a visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens was stated to be a priority for the new authorities in Kiev, after former President Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown in February 2014.

On December 18, the European Commission said in a statement that Ukraine had completed necessary requirements for visa-free regime with the European Union.

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