18:07 31.10.2016

Rutte assures Poroshenko Netherlands not stopping ratification process of EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

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Rutte assures Poroshenko Netherlands not stopping ratification process of EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

The Netherlands have not stopped the ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU and will continue consultations on this matter until November 1, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has said.

The president's press office said Poroshenko spoke by telephone with Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte.

"Mark Rutte said the Netherlands has not stopped ratification of the EU-Ukraine association agreement and will continue consultations," the press office said.

At the same time, Poroshenko wrote on his Facebook page on Monday: "The deadline for the consultations on the ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU taking into account the results of the referendum in the Netherlands is November 1. Many skeptics, including those in Ukraine, expected a decision today by the Netherlands to stop EU-Ukraine Association Agreement ratification process."

According to him, in the past few days Ukraine managed to hold intensive negotiations with its EU partners. The Ukrainian president held a dozen telephone conversations, including with President of the European Council Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz and Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte.

"We should remember that the Association Agreement, in whose development I had an honor to be personally involved, not only has economic and political importance but is also symbolic. It is the epitome of Ukraine's development and its progress and a compass for our reforms. It is therefore important that the Netherlands should not stop the ratification and continue consultations," Poroshenko wrote.

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