Rutte: Further ratification of Association Agreement impossible if the Dutch reject it

Source : 112 Ukraine

Minister-President of the Netherlands pointed out, that consultations after result of the referendum will take weeks
11:14, 7 April 2016

The Netherlands won’t be able to further ratification of the Association Agreement with Ukraine in case final results turn out to be negative, Minister-President of the Netherlands Mark Rutte stated.

“If result of the referendum stays the same as we see it now, we won’t be able to further ratification of Ukraine-EU Association Agreement. This is my political point of view”, - Rutte wrote on Facebook.

According to the Minister-President, after official results arrive, consultations with government, parliament and European partners will take weeks.

“This will take weeks rather than days”, - Rutte added.

Earlier today, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin informed, that government of the Netherlands will hold a consultation regarding results of the Association referendum on Friday.

According to the updated results of exit polls, in Ukraine-EU Association referendum in the Netherlands, the turnout amounted to 32,2%. 61,1% of the Dutch voted against the Association, 38,1% - supported the agreement.

Meanwhile, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated, that results of the recent Association referendum in the Netherlands are not an obstacle for Ukraine on the way to Europe.

Related: Dalia Grybauskaite addressed Ukrainian people on account of rejection in Dutch referendum

Related: MP: Rejection of Ukraine in Dutch referendum – personal verdict to Poroshenko

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