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    Dutch Lawmakers Reject EU-Ukraine Association Deal Withdrawal

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    A majority of lawmakers in the Dutch parliament voted against refusing to ratify the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement whose free trade zone section took effect at the start of 2016, Dutch Telegraaf daily reported Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Seventy-five of the 150 lawmakers voted against the withdrawal of the deal, while 71 voted in favor of the rejection, according to the Telegraaf daily.

    The rejection initiative was proposed by opposition parties, which hold 74 mandates in the Dutch House of Representatives.

    Sixty-one percent of Dutch voters rejected the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement in an April 6 consultative referendum, against 38.21 percent of those who backed its ratification.

    Tuesday's parliamentary vote reportedly gave the Netherlands two months to decide on how to proceed following the referendum.

    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the Netherlands could reconsider the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement’s ratification following the public vote. The country remains the only EU member that has not yet ratified the deal.


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