In announcing the launch of the talks with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Volodymyr Ohryzko in
"In four years we will be ready to address all of these conditions," Ohryzko told a joint news conference with Barrot.
The European Union pledged in September to deepen ties with
Barrot said the time it took
"Today's meeting constitutes a further step and opens a dialogue with the authorities of Ukraine with the aim of establishing a visa-free regime for all its citizens in the long term," he said in a statement
Ukraine, which has been promised eventual membership of the NATO military alliance, is also studying the possibility of contributing forces to EU military groups, the head of the EU military committee told a separate news conference.
General Henri Bentegeat said
"Of course we would welcome any Ukrainian participation," Bentegeat said. "They are listing possible assets they could operate in European battlegroups; the list is a very long one."
Bentegeat said the list included engineer battalions, air mobile battalions, medical evacuation aircraft and strategic airlift capabilities.
EU battlegroups are mostly made up of multinational forces. They each consist of anything from several hundred to 1,500 combat soldiers and can be deployed in missions by the Council of the 27 EU member states.