Ukraine needs to implement the project of building up its state border with Russia in order to reach a visa-free regime with the European Union, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has said.
"Who does not like [the name] Wall, can call the project European Rampart. This is the arrangement of the eastern border of the European Union. Why do we need Project Wall or the European Rampart? Visa-free status. Nobody will give us the visa-free regime if there is no border," Yatsenyuk said on Wednesday in Kharkiv region after inspecting border arrangements near Hoptivka checkpoint.
He said the implementation of the project pursues a number of important objectives such as stopping illegal immigration, smuggling, the transit of arms and radioactive materials. In addition, the reinforced border will serve as the first line of defense, he said.
"Such fortifications of the state border imply the establishment of the first line of defense. It performs a military function... It is a prerequisite for a visa-free mode of travel," Yatsenyuk said.
He also noted that the government sees the reinforcement of the state border as a key task.
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