According to the President, Ukraine will apply for EU membership in five or six years, but the visa-free regime with the EU will become a reality in 2016, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the German magazine Stern.
“It’s a promise. Europe will open its doors to Ukraine,” said Poroshenko.
The President noted that Ukraine was ready for deep and costly reforms, but it was not easy to reform a country at war.
Speaking of elections in the Donbas, Petro Poroshenko said that, if they took place in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation, the Ukrainian government would conduct a dialogue with the elected representatives. If the authorities of the so-called ‘DPR/LPR’ voted at their discretion, it would only aggravate the situation, according to the President. “I hate the idea of talking about the future of my country not with compatriots, but with representatives of another state,” he said.
Also, the President once again chided Russia of supplying arms to the Donbas, and accused Moscow of creating a ‘frozen conflict’ in the east.
As previously reported, the EU Delegation in Ukraine concedes the introduction of the actual visa free regime with Ukraine in one or two months after the positive report of the European Commission on the implementation of the second phase of the action plan on visa liberalization. In addition, Poroshenko has set the task to prepare an updated report on the implementation of the recommendations of the European Commission on the visa-free regime by August 17.