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Ukraine, Switzerland agree to simplify visa regime, readmission

"All issues are settled the way it works with the EU visa waiver."

Ukraine and Switzerland agreed on simplifying the visa regime between the countries, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin at a press conference with Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter.

"We just signed two agreements, I signed a visa facilitation agreement with Didier. You know that we will have a visa-free regime with Switzerland from 11 June, but now we have settled all issues to have clear-cut rules of entry to Switzerland, including for the travelers that receive visas for free and for those who do not yet have biometric passports," Klimkin said.

The minister stressed that all issues "the way it works with the EU visa waiver".

Klimkin also said that Ukraine and Switzerland agreed on readmission (reception and transfer of persons who illegally stay in the country).

"Interior Minister Arsen Avakov signed an agreement on readmission," Ukrainian minister said, noting that this agreement will strengthen cooperation between the two countries in combatting illegal migration.

In February, Switzerland confirmed readiness to introduce a visa-free regime with Ukraine. Earlier, President Petro Poroshenko announced this upon the results of a meeting with Swiss President Doris Leuthard in Davos.