About 300 operating agreements between Ukraine and Russia, Kyiv refuses part, - MFA

Source : 112 Ukraine

Deputy Minister noted that functional contracts are currently in effect – partly contractual framework within the CIS and partly bilateral
20:51, 22 June 2020

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Ukraine conducts audit of existing treaties signed in different times by Ukraine and the Russian Federation. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar stated this in interview with Ukrinform.

“Before the war (in the Donbas, - 112 International) we had 453 signed bilateral agreements. Now about 300 documents remain in effect, but further revision of what we can refuse from is going on,” the diplomat said.

Bodnar noted that functional contracts are currently in effect; they are partially contractual framework within the CIS and partially bilateral.

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“But we are gradually reviewing them with ministries and departments in order to optimize and leave the minimum required number of documents that would allow us to maintain an appropriate level of protection of the rights and interests of citizens of Ukraine,” the diplomat said.

This concerns not only about interstate agreements, but also about intergovernmental and interdepartmental ones.

“If you cancel all transactions at once, we will find ourselves in a stalemate when there will be no mechanism to protect the interests of Ukrainian citizens in the Russian Federation,” the Deputy Minister explained.

"Russia unilaterally denounced the agreements on the deployment of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation in Crimea. We believe that they should be effective, since the legal procedures were not followed, and the Russians violated international law by resorting to an attempt to occupy Ukrainian territory," Bodnar said.

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