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    Kiev expects Brussels to establish visa-free travel regime between Ukraine and the European Union in the autumn, Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze said Saturday.

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    KIEV (Sputnik) — On Friday, Head of the Mission of Ukraine to the European Union Mykola Tochytskyi said the EU migration crisis could affect the introduction of visa-free regime between the 28-nation bloc and Ukraine.

    "I think that we have all the rights to expect it this year, I think it will be in fall, so that [we could] accomplish all the procedures by the end of the summer," the vice prime minister told journalists.

    According to Klympush-Tsintsadze, Ukraine has fulfilled all its obligations and is seeking Brussels to do the same.

    In December 2015, the European Commission gave a positive assessment of Ukraine successfully meeting all benchmark requirements necessary for the liberalization of the visa regime with the bloc. In April, the European Commission made a proposal to the European Council and the European Parliament to add Ukraine to the list of countries the citizens of which could travel to the Schengen Area without visas.

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