Netherlands threaten to refuse ratifying EU Ukraine Association Agreement

Source : 112 Ukraine

The country will insist on legal rejection of the defense guarantees for Ukraine
11:49, 9 December 2016

The Netherlands may refuse to ratify the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU. This was stated by the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte in his interview for Financial Times.

The Netherlands will insist on legal rejection of the defense guarantees for Ukraine. The Netherlands will also demand that the Association Agreement of Ukraine and EU was not a step towards EU membership for Ukraine.

"If we do not achieve this, then the next day we will propose a law to the Parliament to not ratify the Association Agreement," Rutte said.

At the same time Rutte said that he wants re-ratify the agreement between Ukraine and EU, and FT reports that some countries want to leave open the question of possible perspective of membership for Ukraine.

Note that EU leaders at the meeting next week will try to find a way to solve this problem.

Related: USA, EU, Canada urge Ukraine to continue anti-corruption reform

Previously Rutte announced that the Netherlands is unlikely to ratify Agreement EU - Ukraine, given the results of the April referendum, according to which the Dutch were against the treaty. It was reported by the BBC.

"I think that in the end we will not ratify (the Agreement )," Rutte said, holding a speech in the Parliament.

In accordance with EU laws before it takes effect, the Agreement should be ratified by the government of each Member State of the Union. On a consultative referendum in the Netherlands on April 6, 61% of the Dutch voted against the Ukraine’s Association Agreement with the European Union.

Earlier it was reported that European Council will consider Dutch ratification of EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. The session will take place in Brussels, December 15-16.

Related: EU starts talks on declaration needed to approve EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

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