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 Netherlands to endorse Ukraine-EU association deal after March 15, - Deputy Foreign Minister Zerkal

Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal expects the Dutch parliament to ratify the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement after March 15, 2017.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Ukrainski Novyny, she said it on air of Hromadske TV.

"He [Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte -ed.] will introduce proposals to the Senate to support the decision on ratification after the elections, after March 15, because this issue is rather politicized. Although we can state now that 43-44 out of 75 senators are ready to support the ratification," Zerkal said.

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According to preliminary calculations, Zerkal says, 90 out of 150 lawmakers of the House of Representatives (the lower house of the parliament of the Netherlands) are in favor of the ratification.

Earlier, Zerkal predicted the Netherlands might endorse the agreement in January 2017.

At the European Council summit on Dec. 15, a decision was agreed to complete the ratification of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, taking into account certain remarks by the Netherlands.
 
 
 
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