Saturday, July 19, 2008

No negative changes in visa relations between Ukraine, Israel - Ukrainian MFA

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry notes there are no negative changes in visa relations between Ukraine and Israel, MFA spokesman Vasyl Kyrylych told a briefing.

In particular, he refuted mass media information of July 14 about alleged changes in crossing the Ukrainian border by citizens having dual Ukrainian or Israeli citizenship.

In this connection Kyrylych said that in accordance with the Ukrainian Constitution and law on citizenship, Ukrainian citizens in case of obtaining another nationality remain Ukraine's citizens in legal relations with Ukraine. This also refers to the state border crossing procedure of Ukraine.

The official stressed there are no changes in visa relations between Ukraine and Israel. Moreover, he underscored, the Ukrainian MFA works to ensure maximum simplification of the border crossing procedure by Ukrainian and Israeli citizens and the ultimate goal here is implementation of a visa-free regime.

Deutsche Welle reported July 14 that thousands of Ukrainian immigrants, who have left for Israel for permanent residence after 1991, may face the problem of entering Ukraine due to plans of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's consulate service to change the mechanism for issuing visas for this category of people.