Ukraine says it'll thrust towards EU despite rejection by Dutch voters

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 10:15 AM

The wide political, trade and defense treaty is already provisionally in space but has to be ratified by all twenty-eight EU member states for every portion of it to have full valid force.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday his country will continue emotional towards the European Union despite a resounding rejection by Dutch voters of a treaty on closer ties between the European body and Ukraine.

The wide political, trade and defense treaty is already provisionally in space but has to be ratified by all twenty-eight EU member states for every portion of it to have full valid force. The Netherlands was the only country that'd not done so.

Many Ukrainian politicians perceive their country deserves the treaty and are keen to indicate they've made progress in aligning their country with EU standards since the two thousand fourteen uprising that toppled pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovich.

Dutch leaders campaigning for the treaty had said voting against it'd also hand a symbolic triumph to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Below any circumstances we'll continue to implement the organization agreement with the European Union including a deep and comprehensive free trade agreement," Poroshenko told reporters in Tokyo.

"We'll continue our movement towards the European Union."

Poroshenko downplayed the importance of the referendum, which is non-binding, but said Ukraine should "get it into consideration" and added that they were awaiting a decision by the government and parliament of the Netherlands.

The Dutch government said on Wednesday that it couldn't ignore the vote but that it may get weeks to determine how to respond.

The referendum was seen as a test of sentiment towards Brussels ahead of Britain'south June Brexit vote and could also be a boost for Russia.

Poroshenko also repeated his denial that he keep his assets in an offshore believe to minimize taxes, after the country'south monetary service said it was looking into documents relating to his offshore assets that were included in the "Panama Papers."

(Reporting by Elaine Lies; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim and Nick Macfie)

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