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14 Jun, 2008 12:46

No visa-free travel if Ukraine joins NATO?

A visa regime is likely to be introduced between Russia and Ukraine if the latter joins NATO, according to Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Ivanov.

Ivanov said that if Ukraine joins NATO then a visa regime between Russia and Ukraine will ‘inevitably, or almost inevitably, be introduced sooner or later.’

“This will happen not because of some crafty designs of 'malicious Russians', but because NATO will force Ukraine to do it,” he added.

Ivanov made the statement while attending the festivities in the Crimean city of Sevastopol which is marking its 225th anniversary.