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Dutch government started preparing for the ratification of AA between Ukraine and EU
19:40, 16 December 2016
Dutch government started preparing for the ratification of AA between Ukraine and EU

The Prime Minister is convinced that the ratification of the document is in the national interest of the Netherlands

19:40, 16 December 2016

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The Dutch government has started preparing for the ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, AP reports.

According to the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, its government has still a lot of work to do, because the document must be approved by the Dutch House of Representatives and the Senate. Rutte is represented by 75 of the 150 seats in the lower house of the coalition, but he doesn’t have such support in the Senate and he'll have to rely on the support of pro-European opposition parties.

At the same time, Rutte said that, most likely, his popularity among voters will fall in future, however, in his opinion, the ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU in the national interest of the Netherlands.

"This ensures that Europe can be and remains a united front against the increasingly destabilizing foreign policy of Russia. This has a direct impact on security here in the Netherlands," he said.

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