Poroshenko: Ukraine to continue moving towards EU despite Dutch vote

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Posted: Apr 07, 2016 1:27 AM

TOKYO (Reuters) - Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday his country will continue moving towards the European Union despite a resounding rejection by Dutch voters of a treaty on closer ties between the European body and Ukraine.

"We will continue our movement towards the European Union," he told reporters in Tokyo.

Poroshenko downplayed the importance of the referendum, which is non-biding, but said Ukraine should "take it into consideration".

Many Ukrainian politicians feel their country deserves the treaty and are keen to show they have made progress in aligning their country with EU standards since the 2014 uprising that toppled pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovich.

(Reporting by Elaine Lies; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)