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Ukrainian and EU flags fly in front of the Presidential Administration in Kiev, Ukraine, April 7, 2016. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Migration Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said he hoped that visa requirements for Ukrainians could be lifted "very, very soon" following Wednesday's legislative proposal by the EU executive.

The proposal to allow short-term tourist and business travel for Ukrainians holding biometric passports had been expected and now requires endorsement by EU member states and the European Parliament.

In the face of concerns about migration, the Commission stressed that the measure did not give Ukrainians the right to live or work in the bloc.

(Reporting by Alastair Macdonald; editing by Philip Blenkinsop)

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