Visa-free short-term travel between Ukraine and the countries of the European Union has been under discussion since 2010. And, certain parties in Europe are open to seeing it happen this year.
An advisor to President of the European Parliament, Arnoldas Pranckevičius, said that 2013 would be an ideal time to hammer out any details and get a visa-free travel arrangement in place. He said that after this year, 2016 will be the next plausible time to work out an agreement, as many countries in the EU will be having national elections between now and then.
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry believes a visaless agreement should be made with Ukraine before one is made with Russia. Ukraine has been in the process of fulfilling the requirements to become a part of the European Union. Russia, on the other hand, has no desire to join the EU. Representatives from the Ministry said that he feels the EU should prioritize the requests of prospective EU members.
Representatives in Kyiv said that they feel that citizens of both Russia and Ukraine deserve to travel visa-free. The Parliamentary advisor agrees. During the National Expert Forum he said, “"The partnership negotiations are being carried out with Russia now. I hope the visa-free regime will be available for all our neighbors, including Russia, in the near future.”