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    Poroshenko to Visit Brussels in October, Discuss EU Association Deal

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    Ukrainian President is going to visit Brussels in October to discuss the EU association agreement.

    KIEV (Sputnik) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is going to pay an official visit to Brussels in October to discuss ratification of the association agreement with the European Union, the deputy head of Ukraine's presidential administration said Friday.

    “We are now preparing president’s visit to Brussels, which is to be made in the second half of October,” Konstantin Eliseev told reporters.

    The visit would focus on discussions on “seeking mutually acceptable compromise on ratification of the association agreement with both the EU and the partners from the Netherlands,” he added.

    On September 22, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that the Dutch government was not likely to ratify the EU-Ukraine association agreement after local residents had voted against the deal at the April consultative referendum in the country.

    In April, the Netherlands held a referendum in which 61 percent of Dutch voters rejected the ratification of the deal. Currently, the Netherlands is the only EU state, which has not yet ratified the agreement.

    In 2014, the European Union signed an agreement with Ukraine to deepen political association and economic integration. Ukraine had to implement a series of political and economic reforms to gain free-trade access to the EU market.

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