European Union Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker arrives for an European Union Summit at the EU Council building in Brussels, December 18, 2015. / AFP / THIERRY CHARLIER
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European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday the EU should offer visa-free short-stay travel to the bloc for Ukraine, Georgia and Kosovo, all three locked in bitter disputes with Russia.The 28-nation European Union suspended visa liberalization talks with Russia early last year as it ratcheted up punitive measures, later to include damaging economic sanctions, over its role in the deepening Ukraine crisis.Ukraine under Poroshenko has made ties with the EU a priority and the two sides have signed an association pact which includes a free trade accord that especially angered Russian President Vladimir Putin.Kosovo has won recognition from most EU and Western countries, including the United States.
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