Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
14th April, 2016
Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, during a debate in Parliament, said that the authorities will take into account the results of the referendum on the association with Ukraine, but won’t refuse the ratification of the agreement, reports TASS.
“There are three options”, he said. “First, the Cabinet will refuse to consider the results of the Advisory referendum. This is not the option that will be chosen by the government. The second will take full account of the voting results (i.e, refuse to ratify). And that’s not the option that the government will choose either. The third option, which the government will choose, is that the authorities will try to do something given the fact that the majority of voters voted against the document”, said Rutte.
“If we refuse to ratify, we will lose the opportunity to make significant changes to the agreement with Ukraine”, said the Prime Minister.
However, he promised that the Dutch government will completely abandon the association if the negotiations with the European countries “leads to nothing.”