Contents tagged with referendum

  • Leader of Russian opposition calls for a ‘fair referendum’ in the Crimea

    The leader of the Russian opposition, Alexei Navalny said in an interview with Dozhd (Rain) TV that a fair referendum must be held in the annexed Crimea.

    “What should any nice person, any president do? They must declare another normal—or rather, not one more, but the first normal fair referendum—which Ukraine, of course, won’t recognize with a high degree of probability. We understand this,” Navalny said.

    Navalny said he understands that his words are not liked by many people in Ukraine and …

  • A referendum on strengthening the powers of the president will be held in Moldova

    Moldovan President Igor Dodon initiated a referendum for citizens of the country to express their opinions regarding the expansion of the powers of the head of state. The order was signed on Tuesday, March 28th, during a press conference where the results of Dodon's last 100 days as president were summed up.

    The referendum will ask whether the President should be granted the right to dissolve the parliament and organize quick elections.

    In addition, three more issues will be raised on the …

  • Slovakia is confident that the Netherlands will not block Ukraine's association with the EU

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia, who presides in the European Union, Miroslav Lajčák, expressed confidence that the Netherlands will not block the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. He made this statement during the hearings of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, Radio Svoboda reports.

    "We should respect the results of the referendum. But I’m sure that the Dutch government will find a solution that while respecting the referendum results at the same time will not …

  • EC may decide to open visa-free regime with Ukraine despite results of Dutch referendum

    In April, the European Commission intends to propose the introduction of a visa-free policy for Ukrainian citizens, contrary to the results of the referendum in the Netherlands, Reuters reports, citing a source in the leadership of the European Union.

    "It may seem that we are ignoring the Dutch voters. However, we should keep our word with Ukraine as they have fulfilled all the conditions," the source said.

    For the policy to come into effect, it must be approved by a majority of the member …

  • MEPs: The fate of Ukraine's Association Agreement should not be decided by 0.6% of the EU population

    The fate of Ukraine's Association Agreement with the European Union should not be decided by 0.6% of the EU population, according to a joint statement of the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, Elmar Brok, the co-Chairperson of the Association Committee of the EU and Ukraine, Andriy Plenkovich, and the Rapporteur on Ukrainian Affairs of the EP, Jacek Saryusz-Wolski.

    "We stress that the Association Agreement has already been ratified by 27 countries of the EU, the …

  • Geoffrey Pyatt: The US is disappointed with the results of the Ukraine-EU referendum

    Geoffrey Pyatt, the US Ambassador to Ukraine, expressed his country’s disappointment with the results of the consultative referendum on the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine held in the Netherlands. "Of course, we are disappointed with the result. But we respect democratic practices of the Netherlands,” Pyatt told journalists on Friday in Kiev.

    According to him, the US continues to consider that the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU is "a good thing for Ukraine …

  • Slovakian Foreign Ministery: We will find a way to continue Ukraine's EU integration

    According to the Slovakian Foreign Ministry, the European Union will find a solution that will allow the continued European integration of Ukraine. This statement came in response to the results of the Advisory Referendum on the Association Agreement EU-Ukraine past in the Netherlands.

    "We are talking about the internal decision-making process of one of the member countries of the EU, which must be respected. It all depends on how the government of the Netherlands will respond to the results …

  • Crimean Tatar Mejlis supports Ukraine's Association Agreement in the Netherlands

    The Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People has appealed to the heads of the national communities to urge the citizens of the Netherlands to support the referendum on April 6th regarding the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union as the Congress of National Communities of Ukraine reported to the website Krym.Realii."Ukraine is currently going through one of the most dramatic moments in its history. We as one people composed of many ethnic and religious groups, has made its …

  • Ukrainian MFA: We have three weeks to convince the Dutch to vote in favor of the Association Agreement

    The three weeks before the referendum in the Netherlands is the time to convince the Dutch to vote in favor of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU. The Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Dmitry Kuleba, stated this, as Interfax-Ukraine reported.

    "At the moment, the number of opponents is larger. However, the bulk of our activity with our friends in Holland will be held in three weeks, which, we believe and hope, will be a turning point," he said. …

  • Dutch Deputies Suspect Foul Play in Upcoming Association Agreement Referendum

    Dutch deputies from the Party of D-66 applied to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands with a request to clarify whether there are signs of Russian influence on the forthcoming referendum on the Association Agreement with Ukraine.

    Deputies Shourd Shurdsma and Case Verhoeven made the request because of an article in the British newspaper The Telegraph, which quoted sources reporting on the investigation of the United States concerning the influence of Russia on the European Parties. …