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MP: We show the Dutch that Ukrainians are Europeans, too
11:50, 4 April 2016
MP: We show the Dutch that Ukrainians are Europeans, too

Ukrainian MP Olexiy Honcharenko commented on the bikeride flashmob that took place in the Netherlands during the campaign to promote Ukraine

11:50, 4 April 2016

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The international bikeride flashmob to support the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement is a chance to persuade the Dutch people that Ukrainians are Europeans, just like themselves. Olexiy Honcharenko, member of parliamentary faction of Petro Poroshenko’s Bloc, said this in a commentary to 112 Ukraine TV channel.   

“I’m in the Hague now. We organized this event, because we are sure this is a way to conduct the international diplomacy. It’s another chance to persuade the locals we are Europeans, too”, Honcharehnko said.  

According to him, dozens of bicyclists from Ukraine participated. “We drove about 70 kilometers, visited many cities and talked to a lot of people. We managed to explain them what’s going on, to bust many of the myths far-fetched by the Russian propaganda. I reckon it was quite effective”, the MP noted.  

On April 3, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin opened the international bikeride flashmob in Amsterdam, which was meant to support the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement before the referendum in the Netherlands. It is slated for April 6.

As is known, the plebiscite is considered a consultative one; its outcome will not oblige the Dutch government to make any decisions. However, both domestic and foreign experts say that the will expression of the Dutch people could have an impact on political position of EU political forces towards Ukraine. If the Dutch decline the idea of ratification of EU-Ukraine Association Agreement by the government, it could also strengthen positions of pro-Russian lobbyists representing nationalist and ultranationalist wing of European politicians.

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