A referendum on association of Ukraine with EU will take place on April, 6 in the Netherlands. However, according to opinion polls, more than half of the Dutch (60%) would vote "against" this initiative.
However, the US State Department called on the Netherlands to support association of Ukraine with EU. "We believe that this agreement is in the best interest of Europe and Ukraine, but the decision on this matter should be taken by Dutch people. In addition, the upcoming event will be important to ensure that the Ukrainian leadership continues necessary reforms in the country, which should contribute to peace and stability on the continent" - said State Department spokesman Elizabeth Trudeau, adding that Washington and Amsterdam cooperate in providing assistance to Kiev.
The referendum was a key topic of the talks between the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, who are now in Washington DC at the Nuclear Security Summit. Poroshenko also talked to US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the summit.
However, Kiev "can hardly be allowed on the threshold of the European Union", the professor of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Doctor of Political Sciences Andrei Manoilo told the "Inforos" News Agency. "If we assume that under US pressure Ukraine will in some way join EU, the whole structure of European security, first and foremost, economic, will collapse - the expert assured - EU just doesn't have the funds for the restoration of Ukraine. And we are not talking about the restoration of its shattered economy, but at least about the stabilization of the situation in the country.
Ukraine will actually be transferred to the content of EU, and which are well aware that they will not cope with this burden. Netherlands are the most fierce to protest in this regard, as in contrast to the more developed Germany it has no economic resources for the maintenance of Ukraine" - the expert said.
Anticipating the further development of the situation, Andrew Manoilo noted that Kiev will continue to seek new ways of joining EU. "Let me remind you that the catalyst for the beginning of the coup and Maidan were the unfulfilled expectations of the people of Ukraine of its accession to EU.
The new, destructive leadership came to power under a promising slogan: Ukraine will soon join EU and a new life will begin for the country. Promises should be carried out; otherwise a riot will start again. That is why Ukraine is so eager to join EU" - the expert explained.
"After the referendum (not in favor of Ukraine), Kiev will once again run to complain to Washington, and the White House will put pressure on EU, however, this will not lead to any results". Ukraine is a black hole for Europe, and it doesn't intend to carry such a burden" - concluded Andrei Manoilo.