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BRUSSELS – European Union leaders agreed on Dec. 15 that the bloc’s agreement on trade and cooperation with Ukraine won’t set the country on track to join the EU, yielding to a demand by the Dutch.

The leaders’ statement, demanded by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, was critical to winning that country’s ratification of the pact on trade and political cooperation, which has already been approved by all other EU countries and Ukraine. Mr. Rutte had warned that without the statement, his government would walk away from the agreement. The agreement was implemented provisionally in January but needs approval by all members to become permanent.

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