: Ukraine won't accept changes to Association agreement – Foreign Minister

15:02 Jun. 30, 2016

Ukraine won't accept changes to Association agreement – Foreign Minister

Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin (AP Photo)

Pavlo Klimkin says, he doesn't envy the Dutch Parliament which has to find a way out of the situation

Any changes to the Association agreement are not possible without Ukraine's consent. Kyiv, in turn, is not going to discuss them, even though the Netherlands insist on that. This is reported by Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Minister Pavlo Klimkin, according to UNIAN.

Read also: Dutch opponents of Ukraine-E.U. association fail to revoke its ratification in parliament vote

Klimkin's comment followed a statement earlier made by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Rutte stated Amsterdam might not sign the document, unless a "solution to the issues, brought by the Dutch referendum, is found".

"We are not going to discuss any changes to the agreement, and no changes are possible without the approval from us, or the EU", Klimkin said.

The Minister added, he did not envy the Dutch Parliament, which he said had found itself in a "difficult and ambiguous" position.

Read also: Netherlands to discuss referendum's results on Ukraine Association at E.U. summit

"This was the first such a referendum in the history of the Netherlands. Then, the referendum took place after the Association agreement was ratified by the Dutch Parliament. And only 20% of the voters overall said no to the deal", Klimkin underlined.

As reported earlier, on April 6, the Netherlands held a consultative referendum on the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement. 61% of the votes were cast against the agreement with 38.21% of the voters supporting it. The turnout was 32.28%.

On April 14, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte said that a decision on the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU would not be taken until late June.

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