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Dutch referendum on EU-Ukraine association will not prevent the latter from integration process

Dutch referendum on EU-Ukraine association  will not prevent the latter from integration processThe negative outcome of the Dutch referendum on signing of Ukraine-EU Association Agreement will not prevent Ukraine from integration process with Europe, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's Ambassador-at-Large Dmytro Kuleba has said.

The Dutch referendum wasn't an issue for Ukraine, as it was not the subject of the election process in the Netherlands, the diplomat said at a press conference in Kyiv on Friday.

"Therefore, we can't speak of Ukraine's victory; for this purpose at least a full-fledged campaign should be held on all levels, as during any elections or referendums," the diplomat noted.

Kuleba also said that the majority of the Dutch didn't know anything about the subject matter of the referendum, namely Ukraine-EU Association Agreement. "If you ask the Dutch, what should be changed in the Agreement so that they like it – no one will answer," Kuleba said.

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What is more, he noted that the Netherlands were in the state of the "perfect storm."

"The country once has already stopped a very important process in the EU – the adoption of the European Constitution. Overall, Dutch citizens are ready to go even further, as the level of skepticism is very high and one should bear this in mind," Kuleba stressed.

The public-initiated referendum on the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement will be held in the Netherlands on April 6, 2016.
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