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Ukraine will quit CIS accords with minimal losses

Foreign ministry is against visa regime with Russia.

Ukraine will quit CIS accords with minimal losses
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Ukraine is in the process of termination of the agreements concluded within the CIS and will try to minimize losses, a high ranking Ukrainian diplomat said on ICTV on 10 October.

"Our efforts are now focused on pulling out of those agreements with dignity and minimal losses for Ukrainian citizens. [Ukraine quits the agreements] it does not need but may retain the mechanisms that are needed, for example, on pensions," said the head of foreign ministry's political department Oleksiy Makeyev.

Makeyev said the country will not withdraw from agreements that "will work in Ukraine" but was not going to pay CIS membership fees.

In his words, Ukraine is not going to "participate in the development of any decisions which do not concern the interests of Ukraine and Ukrainian citizens.

Meanwhile, Makeyev stated against introduction of a visa regime with Russia.

"Firstly, the Russian Federation will introduce the same visa regime against Ukrainians. Secondly, millions of Ukrainian citizens, who have to work in the Russian Federation to feed their families will be forced to return to Ukraine and get working visas, and then get back and obtain work permits. And Russia will demonstrate long queues at Russian diplomatic missions," Makeev said.

In addition, Moscow can suggest that Ukrainians working in Russia do not have to return home and invite them to obtain Russian citizenship instead. This could lead to a loss of millions of Ukrainian citizens.

Last week, parliamentary speaker Andriy Parubyy proposed to consider the introduction of a visa regime with Russia in response to the detention of Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko in Russia.

However, MP Oleksiy Honcharenko (Petro Poroshenko Bloc) said that the faction will not vote for the introduction of a visa regime with Russia.

People's Front, Self-Help, Radical Party and Fatherland have favoured the move.