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Ukraine-EU Association Agreement will act independently from decision of Netherlands,- Ambassador

Source : 112 Ukraine

"For us this document has a symbolic nature," - he said
20:20, 23 September 2016

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The Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union will operate regardless of whether the Netherlands would ratify it or not. Such an opinion in his comment to "112 Ukraine" expressed the Ambassador of Ukraine to the Netherlands Oleksandr Gorin.

He also clarified that in the ratification of these documents is engaged the parliament, not the government, as previously reported

"We are talking not about the government, which would not ratify the agreement, but about the Parliament. The government should make appropriate representation to ratify or not to ratify. It seems to me that the words of the Prime Minister were a bit misquoted.

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He said that the ratification process might be uncompleted. This means that at this stage Mark Rutte (Prime Minister of the Netherlands, - Ed.) still can not come up with a proposal for ratification or non ratification, because he is a supporter of the Association Agreement, and of course his strategic goal is the ratification of Agreement by the Netherlands  , "- said the diplomat.

He added that at the present time in the Netherlands the upcoming elections are in the first place in political life. "The case has a more important character for the Dutch than the Association Agreement. The opportunity is the elections in March next year", - he said.

"For us it has a symbolic nature. Agreement will be valid regardless of whether the Netherlands would ratify it or not. Those who lose (the elections - Ed.)will be the forces that oppose the ratification", - says Gorin.

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