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 ''This could lead to 'continental crisis'" – Juncker warned about possible failure of advisory referendum on association agreement with Ukraine

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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Russia would "pluck the fruits" of the vote in the Netherlands against deepened ties between the European Union and Ukraine.

Dutch advisory referendum in April on the bloc's association agreement with Ukraine could lead to a "continental crisis" if voters reject the treaty, Juncker told NRC Handelsblad on Saturday, Censor.NET reports citing DW.

Russia would "pluck the fruits" of the vote in the Netherlands against deepened ties between the European Union and Ukraine. And this will definitely lead to a "continental crisis".

At the same time, the anti-EU, anti-immigration and anti-Muslim Freedom Party of right-wing populist Geert Wilders opposes the referendum.

"I want the Dutch to understand that the importance of this question goes beyond the Netherlands. I don't believe the Dutch will say no, because it would open the door to a big continental crisis. Russia would pluck the fruits of an easy victory," Juncker told journalists.

Read more: Dutch PM calls on nation to support EU-Ukraine FTA

The referendum on the EU-Ukraine free-trade agreement to take place on April 6, following a petition organized by civil society, is non-binding. The treaty was ratified by Dutch MPs and promulgated by the Dutch King last year.
 
 
 
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