BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — The Netherlands may ask for the EU-Ukrainian association agreement to guarantee that the Eastern European country will not join the bloc, a diplomatic source in Brussels told RIA Novosti Tuesday.
"Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte is now looking into options of how to persuade his political opponents in the Senate to ratify the association agreement with Ukraine. One of the options is an appendix to the agreement stating that its coming into force is not the first step toward Ukraine's membership in the European Union," the source said.
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.
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 that has not yet ratified the agreement.