“I guess people in the Netherlands realize the meaning and the goal of the Association; it has nothing in common with the current political situation in Ukraine: it’s a tool to help Ukraine get over the crisis”, Jan Tombinsky said as quoted by Interfax Ukraine.
According to the diplomat, the responsibility for the result of the referendum in the Netherlands partially lies with the Ukrainian government, as the political crisis that cripples the work of the Parliament and the Cabinet will “in no way improve the image of Ukraine abroad, that’s something that should be remembered of”.
As is known, the nationwide Dutch plebiscite on the ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement will take place on April 6. The Dutch will choose either to support or decline the idea of ratification of the document by the government. 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.