The Dutch referendum won’t harm ratification of EU-Ukraine Association Agreement
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry is optimistic about the document’s implementation
The 2016 plebiscite in the Netherlands will not affect or otherwise get in the way of implementation of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. Dmytro Kuleba, Foreign Ministry’s Special Envoy, said this at a briefing in Kyiv, which was broadcasted by 112 Ukraine TV channel.
“It’s Dutch chairmanship in the EU, and it would be a challenge for the country and the whole bloc if the Dutch government buried the Association Agreement with Ukraine. The referendum slated in the Netherlands for April 2016 will in no way harm the implementation of the document, but it will surely create certain political background. If Amsterdam fails to complete the procedure of ratification due to the referendum’s results, the agreement will not de jure come into force. However, the Agreement will be implemented just like it is now. We hope for a positive outcome”, Kuleba said.
“We’ve got strong opponents of the Agreement’s ratification and its implementation in Ukraine. These forces are supported by various parties, including Russia; but we also have friends there, who will help us conduct campaign to support the document. There are powerful governmental and civil agencies that will launch the campaign to protect the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement”, the Special Envoy added.
January 18, a video emerged in Youtube where masked gunmen who posed themselves as soldiers of Azov (the volunteer regiment of Ukraine’s Interior Ministry) threatened the Dutch. They promised to commit terrorist acts in the Netherlands in case the Dutch government doesn’t ratify the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. The disguised men burned the state flag of the Netherlands. They didn’t conceal the fact the video was uploaded in the view of the forthcoming referendum in the Netherlands.
As is known, during the referendum slated for April 2016, the Dutch citizens are expected to support or refute the ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement by the government.
Azov regiment reacted to the release of the video, saying it was a fake. They added that the video was uploaded at a fresh Youtube account, and many fails (such as absence of the regiment’s insignia, non-relevant uniform and boots, as well as airsoft guns they held in their hands) point out that it simply couldn’t be Azov fighters.
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