"EU states do not intend to protect Ukraine and Georgia from the action of the visa waiver temporary suspension mechanism," the source told RIA Novosti.
According to the source, "such an intention may considerably slow down the process of granting a visa-free regime for Ukraine and Georgia."
The new mechanism sets out possible grounds for suspending free-travel agreements with non-EU members, such as an increased transit of third-country nationals through countries that the EU has agreements with.
In December 2015, the European Commission gave a positive assessment of Ukraine and Georgia successfully meeting all benchmark requirements necessary for the liberalization of the visa regime with the bloc. In spring, the Commission made a proposal to the European Council and the European Parliament to add Ukraine and Georgia to the list of countries the citizens of which could travel to the Schengen Area without visas.
However, no decisions on these issues have been approved by either of the EU bodies so far.