The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of the Netherlands mark Rutte, during which the parties have coordinated their positions on the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU in the context of the Dutch referendum.
«The parties have coordinated their positions on the ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU in the context of the referendum in the Netherlands… Prime Minister of the Netherlands once again assured that his country supports the immediate granting Ukrainians a visa-free regime and is in favour of further sanctions against Russia», — is spoken in the message published on the website of the Ukrainian President on Tuesday, October 11.
In addition, Poroshenko arranged a meeting with Rutte in Brussels in October, the press Secretary of Ukrainian President Svyatoslav Tsigalko.
«The President agreed to meet with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands this month in Brussels», — wrote Tsegolko in Twitter.
Recall that in the consultative referendum in the Netherlands on April 6 against the agreement on Association of Ukraine with the EU voted 61% of the Dutch who came to the land. The turnout was 32% with a required 30%. Legally, the results of the referendum are not binding for the government.
22 Sep Rutte said that the government is likely to not ratify the Association agreement between the EU and Ukraine, taking into account the results of the April referendum in which the Dutch have opposed the agreement. «I think in the end we do not ratify (the agreement – ed.),» said Rutte, speaking in Parliament.
Due to the fact that, in accordance with EU regulations, before entering into force, the agreement must be ratified by the governments of each member country of the Union, Rutte expressed hope that Ukraine will continue negotiations with the other 27 EU countries.
Observers say that the Netherlands has a choice: either to ratify the Association agreement, despite the plebiscite or to negotiate with other EU countries that the agreement or some part of it will not apply to the Netherlands.
Poroshenko discussed with Rutte the Association agreement EU-Ukraine and agreed to meet 11.10.2016