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Coalition talks postponed in Netherlands: Two key parties refuse

Coalition talks postponed in Netherlands: Two key parties refuse Geert Wilders (photo: Getty Images)

Negotiations to form a new government in the Netherlands are postponed. Two key parties refused to cooperate with the far-right Freedom Party, according to Associated Press.

Freedom Party negotiator Ronald Plasterk said he needed more time to propose options for a coalition. The reason for this was that potential partners were in no hurry to form a joint government with the far right.

Plasterk was expected to present his report early next week. However, two key political parties - the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy and the New Social Contract - refuse to form a new government.

Earlier, the leader of the Freedom Party, Geert Wilders, admitted the possibility of forming a minority government.

Elections in the Netherlands

As a reminder, parliamentary elections were held in the Netherlands in late November. As a result, the far-right Freedom Party, led by Geert Wilders, won the largest number of seats in the parliament. He opposes migration and wants to stop providing military aid to Ukraine.

However, other parties, such as Prime Minister Mark Rutte's People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, do not want to form a coalition with the Freedom Party.

Expert Volodymyr Fesenko told RBC-Ukraine that the transfer of F-16s from the Netherlands to Ukraine may be under threat amid such election results.

Read more about the elections in the Netherlands in RBC-Ukraine's article.