13:25 Mar. 31, 2016
We are interested in stable Ukraine, says Mark Rutte
"I have great confidence in the wisdom of the Netherlands. I think a majority will vote 'Yes' on April 6, in the interests of employment in the Netherlands, trade and stability in Europe. That is important, we live in uncertain times", Rutte said in his interview with Nieuwsuur.
According to the Prime Minister, he is annoyed at all the myths that are proclaimed in the 'No' campaign, reads the report.
"The treaty is not about joining the E.U., not about money, not about the free movement of people," Rutte said.
"Ukraine is outside the E.U., but on the edge of Europe. We would like Ukraine to be stable, with its economy and the rule of law developing," said the prime minister.
He does not find it appropriate when the opponents say the Association Agreement has contributed to the disunity in Ukraine: "Russia has occupied parts of the country and caused major disruptions in other parts. Saying that it was the E.U. who provoked this is shifting the essence of the matter."
On April 6, the Netherlands will vote yes or no to a deeper cooperation between Ukraine and the E.U.
The destiny of Europe's biggest nation is potentially in the hands of the citizens of the Netherlands. The future of nearly 46 million people now depends on whether the Dutch decide to support Ukraine's association with the European Union.
This is exactly why, Ukraine Today with the cooperation of Euromaidan Press has launched #DUTCHINUA project. Our goal is to gather the views and opinions of the Dutch businessmen and entrepreneurs who work in Ukraine. As well as provide analysis by the experts from the Netherlands who can assess the influence of the referendum on the future of Ukraine and the E.U. as a whole.