Dutch government to keep seeking EU-Ukraine compromise

The Dutch government says it is still searching for a legally binding compromise that will allow it to sign off on a free trade pact between the European Union and Ukraine by addressing concerns that led to voters in the Netherlands rejecting the deal in a referendum.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte wrote to lawmakers Monday that he wants to negotiate a text that makes clear that the association agreement is not a stepping stone toward full EU membership, that it does not imply any collective security guarantees or obligations for military support and that it will not give Ukrainians the right to work in the EU.

Rutte says he will keep negotiating up until the next EU summit on Dec. 15-16.