The EC advised the Dutch not to make gifts to Putin, denying Ukraine Association

В ЕК посоветовали голландцам не делать подарков Путину, отказав Украине в ассоциации

First Vice-President of the European Commission, former Minister of foreign Affairs of the Netherlands Frans Timmermans hopes that his country will support the ratification of the Association agreement EU-Ukraine. He said this in a radio programme on NPO Radio 1, which quotes the edition of NOS.

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“The Advisory referendum does not prevent the deputies to adopt the decision on the basis of their own assessments. The Netherlands must be the last country that makes gifts to Putin” – said Timmermans.

He agreed with the words of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who said yesterday that the issue is broader than just the question of the Netherlands and that the non-ratification of the agreement increases the risk of instability in the region.

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According to Timmermans, the agreement is extremely important for the EU and for the Netherlands.

Timmermans stressed that informed the Dutch Parliament with an absolute majority of votes supported the ratification of the agreement. He stated that he does not understand the political forces that had previously supported the agreement, but now do not want to accept the proposal of the Prime Minister regarding the ratification of the document.

“CDA (one of the opposition parties in the Netherlands. – ed.) were against the referendum and actively supported Ukraine, all close to her European party “for”. I’d listened to them”, – he said.

Note that the Dutch Parliament ordered the government until November to decide on Association of Ukraine and the EU. At the same time, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands mark Rutte said that the government is likely to not ratify the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine, taking into account the results of the April referendum.

Recall that in the consultative referendum in the Netherlands on 6 April 2016 against the SA voted 61% of the Dutch who came to the land.

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