He said this in a radio programme on NPO Radio 1, reports NOS. "The Advisory referendum does not prevent the deputies to make decisions on the basis of their own assessments. The Netherlands must be the last country that makes gifts to Putin" - said Timmermans.
However, he agrees with the words of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who said yesterday that the issue is broader than just the question of the Netherlands and that the non-ratification of the agreement increases the risk of instability in the region. According to Timmermans, the agreement is extremely important for the European Union and the Netherlands.
First Vice-President of the Commission also noted that previously the Dutch Parliament by an absolute majority of votes supported the ratification of the agreement. He stated that he does not understand the political forces that had previously supported the agreement, but now do not want to accept the proposal of the Prime Minister regarding the ratification of the document. We will remind, earlier representatives of the opposition in the Parliament of the Netherlands insist on the abolition of the ratification of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU after the call of Prime Minister Rutte to support the contract.