The Wall Street Journal publishes an article on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s visit with top European Union officials who reached a tentative deal on Wednesday on Kiev’s bid to win visa-free access to the bloc, opening the way for Brussels to back the step as early as Friday.
As the article says Georgia’s visa-free bids are expected to win as long as Brussels full support.
The EU will now also likely publish similar reports on visa-free bids of Georgia and Kosovo on Friday. Both are expected to win Brussels’ broad support.
The documents were scheduled to be published on December 15 but the release stood under a question mark after a press briefing by one of the European Commission speakers the day before.
In response, the European Commission speaker said: “No, I cannot yet confirm any specific development. We are expecting Ukrainian President Poroshenko in Brussels on Wednesday. There will be a meeting with European Council President Tusk and President Jean Claude Juncker, but I cannot confirm anything specific because the [meeting of the] European Council is yet to take place and we want to stick to the European Council agenda.”
Typically Georgia and Ukraine signed corresponding European documents at the same time (such as the Association Agreement) and the first two visa progress reports for both nations were also published at the same time.