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The Netherlands threatens to halt EU-Ukraine trade agreement

Staff Writer | December 10, 2016
The Netherlands has said that it is prepared to halt a proposed trade and security deal between Ukraine and the European Union.
Mark Rutte
Trade dispute   EU leaders will meet next week
Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, said that the country will not back the deal if provisions are not introduced to clarify that the "association agreement" is not a defense agreement and a step towards the country eventually joining the EU.

"If we do not get this we will put a law to parliament the next day, which will state that we will not ratify the association agreement," he told The Financial Times.

"The reason I am fighting for this is that I am absolutely convinced that Europe must be unified now towards Russia’s foreign policy," Rutte said.

EU leaders will meet next week to try to save the deal, which has been supported by all countries apart from the Netherlands.