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Official: EU not to sign visa deal with Ukraine before parliamentary elections

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July 3, 2012, 1:15 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Chairman of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee Elmar Brok has called on the European Commission not to sign the agreement on the relaxation of visa requirements for Ukrainians before the upcoming elections to the Verkhovna Rada.
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BRUSSELS: Chairman of the European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee Elmar Brok has called on the European Commission not to sign the agreement on the relaxation of visa requirements for Ukrainians before the upcoming elections to the Verkhovna Rada.

A relevant statement was posted on the Web site of the European People's Party Group in the European Parliament.

According to him, the European Commission is considering the possibility of proposing to sign the visa facilitation agreement with Ukraine. However, the MEP believes that this would be the wrong thing to do.

Brok said the EU policy towards Ukraine should be firm and consistent and Brussels should continue to insist on clear commitments from the Ukrainian authorities concerning the observance of democratic values and the rule of law in the country.

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