Dutch PM backs Ukraine-EU accord as key for stability

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (L) receives Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at his official residence in The Hague on November 26, 2015Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Thursday defended an EU cooperation deal with Ukraine as vital for European stability only months before a referendum Dutch eurosceptics have forced on the accord. Rutte warned after talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko — on his first visit to the Netherlands — that Kiev still had to work hard to become “a fully fledged democracy free of corruption and with prosperity for all”. The 2014 association agreement fosters deeper cooperation between Brussels and Kiev, and nudges the former Soviet bloc nation towards eventual EU membership.

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