Netherlands Preparing to Remove Anti-Russian Sanctions

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The Dutch Party for Freedom is developing a project of a referendum for the country’s exit from the EU.

Netherlands Preparing to Remove Anti-Russian Sanctions

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The Party for Freedom, the third political force in the Netherlands, is preparing a project of a referendum, similar to the Brexit. In the case of the country’s exit from the EU, the Hague intends to improve relations with Moscow and remove the anti-Russian sanctions, leader of the party, Geert Wilders, told the Izvestiya newspaper.

“Well-being of our country depends on autonomy and possibility to take our own decisions. Events of the recent months showed that we should resolve the issue of a referendum on the EU membership as soon as possible. Brussels must not dictate with whom we should have economic and political relations. Restoring relations with Russia is a priority for a traditional trading country as the Netherlands. For many centuries, our states have been finding only benefit from a mutual cooperation, despite of existing conflicts. And today, lifting of the anti-Russian sanctions is a necessary condition for our prosperous future,” Wilders said.

The politician explained that removal of the anti-Russian restrictive measures directly related to independence of the Netherlands. According to him, even if the parliament votes for an adoption of a document, this will not change a situation from a legal point of view – the principle of supremacy of the EU law over a national legal system works in the EU.

“Brussels takes a decision, based solely on its own interests, and does not listen to others. And the EU is an expansionist monster, who is busy with conquer of territories and stealing our social system, identity and democracy. Any solutions will have a secured legal status only separately from the EU. We will become stronger economically, including through the relations and trade with Russia,” Wilders noted.

Several members of the EU have already called for the abolition of the anti-Russian sanctions. In April, the French National Assembly voted for abolition of the restrictive measures. In early June, a similar resolution was adopted by the Senate of the country. Despite the passage of the document in both houses of Parliament, the official Paris did not listen to the opinion of parliamentarians and voted for the extension of the pan-European sanctions in late June.

Similar resolutions were adopted by the regional parliaments in Italy (Veneto, Liguria and Lombardy) and the parliament of Cyprus. Parliamentarians from Germany, Belgium, Hungary and Greece offered similar initiatives. However, the EU continues to conduct its own foreign policy, without taking part in political discussions.

Geert Wilders explained that Brussels pushes the EU members to similar actions with its unpopular decisions. As an example, he cited a political deal with Turkey – a promise of visa-free travel for millions of citizens of the republic that ordinary Europeans perceived as a threat to their identity.

“Our party has long been talking about the need to exit from the EU, but only now, after what happened in the UK, we can count on the Nexit soon, before the parliamentary elections [will be held in March 2017]. Such haste is also explained by protection of our national borders. As of today, the biggest threat is an uncontrolled flow of migrants, who cross several safe countries to get into the Netherlands. This indicates that refugees do not chase for security, but for our social benefits. Along with migrants, thousands of terrorists penetrate into Europe that is a direct threat to European peace,” the politician explained.

A reluctance to change the course in accordance with political situations in many EU states is a reason for the continuation of discussions on the future of the block. The Brexit has initiated a process of reconstruction and reform of the EU, since it became clear that the project in its present form does not meet the needs of people.

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