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    The EU Brussels summit may lead consensus on ratification of the EU-Ukraine association treaty, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite told reporters on Thursday.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) – The summit of EU leaders that takes place in Brussels is a chance to reach consensus on ratification of the EU-Ukraine association treaty, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite told reporters on Thursday.

    "I think today we will agree on some explanations about what [EU-Ukraine association] treaty is not about… And this hopefully will be satisfactory to reach ratification," Grybauskaite said.

    The deal between Ukraine and the European Union, signed in 2014 and supposed to deepen political, economic and trade links between the parties, was initially approved by the Dutch parliament.

    However, in April, Dutch voters held a non-binding referendum on the issue and rejected the agreement out of fears that the deal could obligate the Netherlands to provide financial or military support to Ukraine. Currently, the Netherlands is the only EU state that has not yet ratified the agreement.

    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte reportedly wants legally binding assurances that association deal will not oblige the European Union to provide financial or security assistance to Kiev, that Ukrainians will not be granted the right to work and live in the bloc, and that this deal will not essentially lead to Ukraine's membership in the European Union.

    On Wednesday, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called on EU leaders to reach an agreement on all the aspects of the EU-Ukraine association treaty in order to complete the process of its ratification.


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