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Ukrainian President calls on Dutch lawmakers to assist in ratification of Ukraine-EU Association Agreement

Ukrainian President calls on Dutch lawmakers to assist in ratification of Ukraine-EU Association AgreementUkrainian President Petro Poroshenko has met with President of the Senate of the Netherlands Ankie Broekers-Knol in Kyiv on Thursday to call on the Dutch parliamentarians to use effective solutions to complete the ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.

"The president has called on the Dutch parliamentarians to use effective solutions to complete the ratification of the Association Agreement with the EU. He expressed confidence that the results of the April referendum in the Netherlands would not be an insuperable circumstance on that way," the presidential press service reported after the meeting.

Poroshenko also expressed hope for the quick completion of the adoption by the EU of a decision on visa-free travel for Ukraine.

"Ukraine has fulfilled all agreed criteria," the president said, adding that this had been confirmed by the European side.

Read also: Results of Dutch referendum on Ukraine-EU Association mustn’t influence the Agreement - EP

He also briefed the Dutch side on the measures taken by Ukraine to fight corruption, on prosecution and judicial reform.

"The parties discussed the situation in Donbas. Petro Poroshenko stressed that he counts on further solidarity and unity of the European Union in support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and the extension of the EU sanctions against Russia," the press service said.

The Ukrainian president stressed the need to increase international pressure on the aggressor in order to accelerate the release of Ukrainian hostages in the occupied territories and political prisoners in Russia.

What is more, Poroshenko and Broekers-Knol discussed the investigation into the downing of flight MH 17 in Donbas in July 2014.
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