Ukraine should never join the European Union, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in an interview with news website NU.nl.
"We believe that Ukraine should have a good relationship both with Europe and Russia. And that would be impossible if Ukraine became a member of the European Union”, the portal of Dutch government quotes the Prime Minister. Furthermore, Rutte recalled that "Russia's history comes from Kiev."
Prime Minister added that his statement should not be regarded as support of Moscow's position on Ukraine.
"In connection with the events in eastern Ukraine and Crimean annexation, Ukraine is unlikely to improve relations with Russia," Rutte claimed.
The Netherlands is now the only EU country that has not ratified the agreement on association of Ukraine with the EU. On April 6, the country will hold a referendum on this issue. The results are to be of an advisory nature. Recent survey data indicate that more than 55% of Dutch people are going to vote against the agreement.
Ukrainian leadership headed by President Petro Poroshenko describes European integration as one of its main priorities. Political and economic parts of the agreement on association with the EU were signed in 2014. In particular, they include creation of a free trade zone. It was ratified by the Verkhovna Rada in September. The final document will come into force after its ratification by the parliaments of all the countries that are involved in the agreement. According to Poroshenko, Kiev will apply for EU membership in 2020.