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The parties discussed further steps on the continuation of exerting pressure on Russia for it to fulfill the Minsk agreements. They also negotiated political-diplomatic means of de-occupation of Crimea.

President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree on corporate assistance to military units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the National Guard of Ukraine and the State Border Service of Ukraine.

The Head of State hasn't yet made a decision on the submission of the draft law on another wave of mobilization to the Parliament.

"The amendment to the law on the State Budget that postpones this issue for 2017 should be abolished. We will introduce them in 2016. It is the visa-free regime package and we cannot postpone it anymore," he said.

"I would like to say to our enemies and opponents that the program of our cooperation with the IMF will not be terminated. On the contrary, we have discussed the things to be adopted shortly," Petro Poroshenko said. According to him, in the nearest time, Ukraine should adopt a series of visa-free draft laws and fulfill the provisions of the Memorandum of cooperation with the IMF.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a phone conversation with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde. Petro Poroshenko stressed his willingness to carry out decisive actions to ensure political and financial stability in the state.

According to the Head of State, the NABU contains special ops troops, analysts and detectives. They have all the necessary functions to demonstrate the efficiency of the Ukrainian struggle against corruption to the entire world. “During the first days, the first weeks of their work they proved that the NABU has no closed spheres or untouchables,” he said.

The President guarantees political will to struggle against corruption. “Just as all Ukrainians, I have huge expectations regarding the NABU,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized.

“Submission and voting for these four laws on the visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU will be the final implementation of all the requirements for Ukraine in the given issue. I really wish that in the second half of 2016 Ukrainians will have an opportunity to travel to the EU without visas,” Petro Poroshenko said in the course of the meeting with the NABU Board. He stressed the importance of the efficient work of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau in this context.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko took part in the ceremony of taking oath by the officials of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau’s Special Operations Department. The Head of State congratulated the newly appointed officials, wished them successful struggle against corruption and highlighted great expectations of the country regarding their activity.