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EU Members, Including Netherlands, Recognize Importance of EU-Ukraine Deal

© REUTERS / Fabrizio BenschGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a meeting at the lower house of parliament Bundestag on 2017 budget in Berlin, Germany, November 23, 2016
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a meeting at the lower house of parliament Bundestag on 2017 budget in Berlin, Germany, November 23, 2016 - Sputnik International
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All EU member-states, including the Netherlands, are interested in the ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told journalists on the sidelines of an EU summit.

Demonstrators call for people to vote no in the EU referendum during a protest at Dam Square in Amsterdam, the Netherlands April 3, 2016. - Sputnik International
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BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – Merkel said on Thursday that the issue of ratification was presented by the Netherlands "in a lot more positive way than just a few weeks ago."

Meanwhile President of the European Council Donald Tusk told journalists that the European Union expects the Netherlands to ratify the deal.

"We have adopted a legally-binding decision of the leaders to facilitate ratification in the Netherlands… The ratification is important, not only for Ukraine but also for Europe’s geopolitical standing and credibility. We are now counting on our Dutch colleagues," Tusk said.

The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement was signed in 2014, and is required to be ratified by all 28 member states of the European Union to enter into force. The agreement has not yet been ratified by the Netherlands, whose nationals rejected the deal in an April referendum.

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