the framework of preparation for the liberalization of the visa regime with the EU, the Government’s Action Program provides the arrangement of a state border between Ukraine and Russia, security on the border as well as the issuing of biometric passports, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk informed, presenting the Government’s Action Program at the
Parliament on Thursday, December 11.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed that the state border is a national
security issue, "A state
which has no equipped border cannot protect her territory."
"We have to build a border between Ukraine and the Russian
Federation in order to
keep Russian terrorists, mercenaries, illegal migrants, weapons from crossing our border. And in order to give Ukraine an opportunity to announce that this is our territory, we will defend it," he
reminded that the Cabinet of Ministers had launched the European Rampart
project, and at the first stage the European Union had allocated UAH235 million on securing the border.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk also said that without a border and control over the
movement of people, including illegal migration, "we will obtain no visa-free
regime": "So, in the framework of
our program to obtain a visa-free regime - the construction of a state border, security at the border and the transfer to the next stage of preparation for a visa-free regime."
Prime Minister also informed that, according to the Action Program of the Government, the issuing biometric passports to the citizens of Ukraine would start from 2015.