14:07 Mar. 31, 2016
Mark Rutte says Russia in response doesn't have to force Ukraine not to strive for E.U. integration
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says it is highly desirable that Ukraine develops diplomatic ties with Russia in the near future.
At the same time he insists Russia should not force its western neighbour to limit just with Russian-oriented ties. For multilateral economic and political development Kyiv should advance both directions of foreign policy, the Prime Minister added in an interview with Nieuwsuur - a Dutch television programme.
On April 6th the Dutch are to decide whether their country should ratify the Association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union.
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The referendum is advisory, though, the Dutch parliament deputy Kejs Verhuven pointed out - if the agreement is rejected, the parliament will not acknowledge the document. Kejs Verhuven himself is known as a key lobbyist of Ukraine in Amsterdam.