Today in the agenda of the plenary day of the Verkhovna Rada to discuss the draft recommendations, the Cabinet Minister to terminate the agreement between the governments of the Russian Federation and Ukraine on visa-free travel of Russians and Ukrainians. Adopted in 1997 a document about which ordinary Ukrainians asked for Boris Yeltsin during his historic visit to Kiev, in the interpretation of the present rulers of the Slavic state “is a threat to national security of Ukraine in conditions of military aggression of Russia”.
Attempts to reject an extremely comfortable way of communication between the citizens of neighboring countries were made by the Ukrainian politicians to present “cold snap”, the formal reason for which was the supposed arrest in Moscow the employee of the information Agency “UKRINFORM” Roman Sushchenko.
Sober heads in Kiev every time, was more than the supporters of the lowering of the “iron curtain”. At least enough for one night watch at the station Kiev-Passenger transit trains in the direction of the mother see, to imagine what inconvenience to millions of Ukrainian citizens will result in cancellation “bezveze”. Trains from Lviv, for example, 2 months in a row arrive in Kiev with no empty seats.
Mainly in Russia go to work. No matter how much he told the Ukrainian TV screens about the “deteriorating as a result of Western sanctions, the economic situation of the country-aggressor” – is Russia for these people, the main breadwinner.
In 2014, shortly after the return of the Crimea to Russia – Council for national security and defense under the President of Ukraine approved the decision on introduction of visa regime with the Russian Federation. The Ukrainian government, which, the Council instructed the implementation of the tasks, was decided only on the introduction from 1 March 2015 of the ban on entry to Ukraine of citizens with internal passports of the Russian Federation.
The Kremlin, may I remind you, before the introduction of “mirror measures” did not fall. Ukrainians with blue internal passports with the Trident still not be hindered when crossing the Border with Russia.
Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada Volodymyr Lytvyn, who in the past had the opportunity to guide the work of the Supreme legislative body of an independent state under three presidents – Leonid Kuchma, Viktor Yushchenko and Viktor Yanukovych – are categorically against the introduction of a visa regime with Russia. He counterarguments abound.
The first and most important: in the southern and Eastern regions dominated by Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine, will instantly increase the degree of dissatisfaction with the official Kiev. One has only to compare the official statistics of entry/exit for 2015: Russia moved 4.1 million citizens of Ukraine, in reverse order crossed the state Border of the 1.3 million citizens of the Russian Federation.
To ensure that all applicants arrive on the territory of Ukraine the necessary stamps in their passports and required at the border documents, Kiev will have to seek considerable funds for the financing and logistical support of foreign diplomatic institutions of Ukraine, to pick up for these additional staff.
In the case of denunciation of the agreement of 1997 have to make adjustments in the existing legal framework in terms of shipping, road and air transport.
Finally, the abolition of “bezveze” inevitably exacerbate tensions in the immediate zone of conflict in Donbass.
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