Zakharova: the Ukraine needs to understand who hit the introduction of visas with Russia


RIA Novosti

The Ukrainian authorities must understand for whom, in the first place, can strike the introduction of a visa regime with Russia, said the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova on radio “Komsomolskaya Pravda”.

It is called “complete collapse” of everything that happens in Ukraine and the possible introduction of a visa regime, and in relation to the situation with the Russian language, with the economy, with its own people.

“The introduction of visa regime — they need to understand who he hit in the first place”, — said Zakharov.

According to her, Russian tourists who come to Ukraine, not so much. “But how many people who come from Ukraine to Russia to work, who come to visit their relatives, to solve some personal issues — that is, of course, the number”, she added.

Faction of the coalition “people’s front” in the Ukrainian Parliament on Monday again called on deputies to consider the bill on the introduction of a visa regime with Russia. On Sunday, the Ukrainian media reported that the vote on the abolition of visa-free regime with Russia could take place this week. The discussion was initiated by the deputies of the factions of the parliamentary majority of “Block of Petro Poroshenko” and the party “people’s front”. However, in the preliminary agenda of the Parliament this week the issue of the introduction of visas with Russia is not worth it.

Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow will proceed from the principle of reciprocity in visa matters with Ukraine.

In October 2016 the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada proposed to return to consideration of issue on introduction of a visa regime with Russia. The Deputy head of the largest parliamentary faction “Block of Petro Poroshenko” Alexey Goncharenko said that the faction will not vote for the resolution on recommendations to the Cabinet to cancel the visa-free regime with Russia. According to him, the Ukrainian foreign Ministry believes that the abolition of a visa — free regime with Russia is the wrong move. In addition, in Russia there is a large number of Ukrainians who work there, and the introduction of a visa regime will make it impossible.

Earlier, Russian Deputy foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said that Russia does not seek to dissociate itself from Ukraine, but will react accordingly in the case of the introduction of Kiev visas.