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Ukraine stopped visa-free agreement with North Korea

Ukraine stopped visa-free agreement with North KoreaUkraine has revoked a deal that allowed visa-free travel for North Koreans it inherited after Soviet Union, the latest setback for isolated country.

A decree, signed by Ukraine Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, was approved by government on July 27. The previous visa-free deal was signed in 1986 in Pyongyang between the USSR and KNDR.

The withdrawal of visa-waiver agreement would "prevent ineligible persons from entering Ukraine".

The Ukrainian parliament unanimously passed a bill scrapping civilian exchanges with North Korea and informed the North in the middle of this month, according to a diplomat.

North Koreans must apply for visas if they want to visit Ukraine and North Koreans who live there need new permits, all starting October.

Even until last year, Ukraine was North Korea's fifth-largest trading partner after China, Russia, India and Thailand.

Ukraine is believed to scrape the deal because Pyongyang’s support over Russia's illegal annexation of the Crimea two years ago.
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