After the referendum, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said ratification would be suspended during negotiations with the other parties to find a compromise.   In December 2016, a decision by the heads of state or government of EU member states was adopted, which presented legally binding interpretations of the agreement in order to address the concerns expressed in the referendum. In particular, it stated that it had not obliged the EU to grant Ukraine eu membership, or to provide security guarantees, military or financial aid or free movement within the EU.   The decision would enter into force if the Netherlands ratified the agreement, which was to be approved by its Parliament.  At the end of January 2017, the Dutch government tabled a bill to confirm the approval of the agreement.  The Dutch House of Representatives approved the bill on 23 February 2017.  The Senate approved the bill on May 30, 2017.  In 2002, the European Commissioner for Enlargement, Gonter Verheugen, said that a “European perspective” did not necessarily mean accession to Ukraine within 10 to 20 years; But it is a possibility. The same year, Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma said that Ukraine intended to sign an association agreement with the EU by 2003-2004 and that ukraine would meet all EU membership requirements by 2007-2011.  In trilateral discussions in early September 2014, the European Commission, the Ukrainian and Russian government agreed to postpone the provisional implementation of the agreement until the end of 2015. “We have agreed to postpone the request until 31 December next year,” EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said on 12 September 2014 in Brussels, at the end of talks with Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin. According to Interfax, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had spoken in favour of the decision.
“This is a very important decision and we are very grateful to the EU for providing privileged access to the European market,” said Pavlo Klimkin. This will allow our businesses to prepare for trade liberalization.  EU countries have not yet agreed. Unilateral trade facilitation – the abolition of import duties in the EU – remains in force, provided the EU Council of Ministers is approved. Tariffs on EU products exported to Ukraine are maintained. European Council President Herman Van Rompuy added that “we must not give in to external pressure, let alone Russia.”  Barroso reiterated that the EU`s offer to Ukraine to sign an association agreement remained on the table.   At the same time, President Yanukovych stated that he wanted to sign the Association Agreement at a later date, “as soon as we get to work and find solutions to economic problems, if we get the opportunity to sign a strategic partnership agreement with Russia and all that we need to do to establish normal relations between the European Union. , Russia and Ukraine… It`s our responsibility.  At the same time, Russia has tried to give new impetus to trade relations with other former Soviet states.