: Klimkin: Dutch referendum not to stay on way of Ukraine-E.U. visa-free regime

14:37 Apr. 9, 2016

Klimkin: Dutch referendum not to stay on way of Ukraine-E.U. visa-free regime

Pavlo Klimkin, Ukrainian Foreign Minister. (UNIAN Photo)

Foreign minister says Ukraine has fulfilled requirements for visa liberalisation

The outcome of the referendum in the Netherlands on ratification of the Ukraine-E.U. Association Agreement will not interfere with Ukraine-E.U. visa liberalisation process, Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said during an interview with Inter TV channel.

"There are clear assurances [of European officials] that the visa-free regime is a completely separate path. And if the European Commission gives the go-ahead, while the relevant decision has already been drafted within the European Commission that Ukraine had fulfilled completely all the requirements on its path to a visa-free regime, then we are moving toward a visa-free regime," Klimkin said.

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On April 6, the Netherlands held an advisory referendum on Ukraine-E.U. Association Agreement.

According to the data of ANP Verkiezingsdienst electoral service published by NOS television broadcaster, 38.1% of votes were cast in support of the Agreement's ratification, while  61.1% of the Dutch voted against the move.

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The official data on the outcome of the referendum is expected to be announced by the Electoral Council of the Netherlands on April 12.

Reporting by UNIAN.


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