22:08 Oct. 31, 2016
President of Ukraine says the Netherlands does not put the process of ratification to a halt
Petro Poroshenko says the Netherlands does not bring the process of ratification of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement to a halt and continues consultations, UNIAN reports.
"The danger that seemed imminent yesterday has now been eliminated. The final date of the consultations on the ratification of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement given the outcome of the referendum in the Netherlands was set for November 1. Many sceptics, and not only in Ukraine, expected that the decision on halting the treaty's ratification by the Netherlands would be taken today," the President explained.
Poroshenko stressed that "in the past few days we have been able to hold intensive negotiations with our partners from the European Union."
"I personally held a dozen telephone conversations, including with the Presidents Tusk, Juncker and Schulz, as well as with Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Rutte," Poroshenko wrote.
"It's important to remember that the Association Agreement, which I am honored to have taken part in developing, not only has economically and politically importance, but also a symbolic one. It is the epitome of Ukraine's development and progress, as well as the compass of our reforms. It is therefore important that the Netherlands are not stopping the ratification and continue consultations," President concluded.