According to a diplomatic source, discussions over the remaining issue on ensuring that the association deal is not a step toward Ukraine's membership in the EU will take place later on Monday, Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.
"The Netherlands has already reached agreements on three of the four conditions that they want to achieve and that clearly state that the Association Agreement does not provide for any military assistance to Kyiv, that this deal will not cost the EU extra money, and that member states have the right to limit the number of Ukrainians who are allowed to work and live in the EU. The question as to whether that agreement is not a step toward [Ukraine's] membership will be discussed tonight," the source says.
As noted, it is not about changing the text but giving "a clear explanation of certain provisions of the agreement."
There is a great political will to reach these agreements, according to the diplomat.
"[Dutch Prime Minister Mark] Rutte hopes to reach final agreements on a legally binding declaration on Thursday [when the EU summit kicks off]," the source added.
As reported, Rutte offers that the EU leaders state at the summit that the deal with Ukraine must not stipulate bearing additional financial obligations to Kyiv on the part of Brussels. The Netherlands requires that the EU leaders recognize the association between the EU and Ukraine will not grant Ukrainians the right to live and work in the territory of the EU member states.