“There will be a social explosion” Ukraine considers revoking Visa-Free policy with Russia


The introduction of a visa regime with Russia would become, for Ukraine a “shot in their own foot”. 

This was stated by a member of the State Duma Committee on Physical Culture, Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs Dmitry Svishchev.

At issue is the policy of reciprocity. If the Kiev government stops allowing Russians to freely enter Ukraine, then Ukrainians, who rely on access to Russia without a visa, will be negatively affected.

According to him, the government in Kiev understands that millions of Ukrainians work in Russia, and it is now impossible to redirect such flows of labor migrants to Europe. The deputy expressed hope that “sound minds prevail” and the Ukrainian leadership will not allow such measures.

“The industry and economy of Ukraine are at a very low level, so this will create a social explosion. Neither Poroshenko, nor the new government needs it,” the parliamentarian said in an interview with Russian media.

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Svishchev added that with the help of calls for the introduction of the visa regime and other high-profile statements, Ukrainian politicians are trying to attract attention in connection with the approach of parliamentary elections in the country.

Earlier, the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of the “Radical Party” Yuri Chizhmar said that Kiev should adopt a policy change, that Russian citizens must receive a visa to visit Ukraine.

The Rada repeatedly called for the introduction of visa regime with Russia, but in Kiev it is believed that this will negatively affect the Ukrainian citizens. A spokesman for the Russian President Putin, Dmitry Peskov, noted that Moscow will proceed on visa issues from the principle of reciprocity.


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