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Juncker 'Saddened' by Outcome of Dutch Referendum on EU-Ukraine Deal

© Flickr / European ParliamentJean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission
Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission - Sputnik International
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is "saddenned" by the outcome of the Dutch referendum on the EU-Ukraine association deal ratification, European Commission Chief Spokesperson Margaritis Schinas said Thursday.

Dutch member of the Socialist Party (SP) Harry van Bommel hands out flyers against a referendum on the association treaty with Ukraine, in The Hague, on April 5, 2016 - Sputnik International
Too Early to Say If Dutch Vote to Lead to EU-Ukraine Deal Review
MOSCOW (Sputnik) On Wednesday, 61.1 percent of Dutch voters rejected the EU-Ukraine association deal’s ratification in the advisory referendum, according to preliminary results.

Schinas told reporters that Juncker was "saddened" by the referendum outcome, adding that it was up to the Dutch authorities to analyze the outcome of the referendum.

"It is… for the government of the Netherlands to analyze the outcome and decide on the course of action… The agreement is being provisionally applied by virtue of an unanimous decision of the [European] Council with the backing of all 28 member states and there is no impact on this. The commission remains strongly committed to the development of its relations with Ukraine," the spokesperson said.

The results of the advisory vote are scheduled to be published on April 12.

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