On April 6, a referendum was held in the Netherlands on the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union. The agreement would increase political, economic and military ties, as a step toward Ukrainian membership in the EU. The Association Agreement was rejected by 61 percent of Dutch voters.
April 8: For Ukrainian politicians, it was a surprise that the referendum in the Netherlands might be beyond their influence. This opinion was expressed by the Secretary of the Lugansk Regional Committee of the Communist Party, Ekaterina Popova.
“Obviously, some Ukrainian politicians were surprised that the referendum could not only make a change in the government’s position, but also cause a country such as the Netherlands to, in the words of Ukrainian Ambassador Dmitry Kuleba, ‘stand up and say, you know, we’ve had a referendum, I’m sorry, you have to go back to negotiations,’” the communist commented on the reaction of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs representative to the results of the Dutch referendum.
She also added: “Following the logic of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, [Dutch Prime Minister Mark] Rutte was supposed to stand before his people and say: ‘Sorry, but I don’t care what you think or why,’ and then open a couple of dozen criminal cases against those who initiated the referendum, so as not to infringe on the unity of the European Union. And this is the awkward moment when it seems clear to everyone but Kiev that because of these tactics the door to Europe will be closed to Ukraine for a very, very long time.”
Recall that Ambassador at Large for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba, on Channel 5 (Ukraine), expressed his indignation at the fact that after eight years of negotiations, the referendum in the Netherlands negates all the efforts of the Ukrainian side.
Also earlier, the Lugansk Communists supported European opponents of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and Europe, saying that Ukraine, which started a civil war, has no place in the EU.
Communists respond on social media to results of referendum in the Netherlands
April 7: Communists commented on the results of the referendum held in the Netherlands, in which the Dutch voted against approval of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.
The results of the referendum in the Netherlands were expected. This opinion was expressed by Ukrainian leftist leader Spiridon Kilinkarov on Facebook.
“The results of the referendum in the Netherlands were expected. The only question was whether the turnout would be above 30 percent, so that the referendum would be valid. A group of cyclists and runners in yellow and blue jerseys, headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and members of the Verkhovna Rada, campaigned for participation in the referendum. The result was that 61.1 percent of the vote was ‘against’ association with Ukraine, 38.1 percent ‘for,’ with a turnout of 32.2 percent – so the referendum was valid,” wrote the politician.
He added that Ukrainian politicians should not blame the “hand of the Kremlin” for this outcome.
Leader of Lugansk Communists Maxim Chalenko wrote on Facebook that he considered the results of the referendum in the Netherlands a display of the firmness of Dutch character.
“They show strength of character and political sense. Clearly, the residents of this small but proud European country are worried about prosperity, order and culture in their home. They don’t take a shine to the jumping and singing ‘Ukrainian brotherhood,’” said the Communist.
Earlier, the Lugansk Communists appealed to the politicians and people of the Netherlands to vote against the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.
Translated by Greg Butterfield