President of Ukraine signs decision to break treaty of friendship with Russia

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The President of Ukraine, Pyotr Poroshenko, executed the decision proposed by the National Council for Security and Defense of Ukraine (NSDC) on the termination of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and Russia.

“President Pyotr Poroshenko signed a decree on the ‘Decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine on September 6, 2018’ on the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, the proposals of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on the termination of the treaty of friendship, cooperation and partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation signed on May 31, 1997 were accepted,” said the communicated.

According to the press service, Russia will be informed by September 30 about this decision by the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine. For his part, Poroshenko will present the bill to parliament.

Previously, Poroshenko stated that Ukraine was legally prepared and protected for the breach of the treaty. Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin said his department had prepared the package of necessary documents and will submit it to the country’s authorities soon.

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Later, the first deputy chairman of the Supreme Rada (Ukrainian Parliament), Irina Geraschenko, noted that Poroshenko instructed the Foreign Ministry not to denounce the treaty of friendship with Russia, but simply not prepare documents for its extension. According to her, “it is only her non-prolongation.”

In addition, it was informed that, according to the NSDC’s decision, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should inform the UN, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and other international organizations about Ukraine’s intention to break the treaty of friendship with the Russia.

At the same time, the Ukrainian president explained that Kiev aims to suspend clauses involving military, technical and strategic partnership, however, clauses of sovereignty and territorial integrity remain in force.

The Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Russia and Ukraine was signed in 1997. It is a key document in Russian-Ukrainian relations aimed at strategic partnership between countries.

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