Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko handed over a note on the decision of Ukraine about non-extension of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation, and Partnership between Ukraine and Russia to UN Secretary General António Guterres. Svyatoslav Tsegolko, Spokesperson of the State Leader claimed this on Twitter.
‘The President handed over a note on Ukraine's decision not to extend the operation of the Treaty of Friendship with Russia. Our note will be distributed as an official document of General Assembly and UN Security Council,’ Tsegolko said.
Ukraine-Russia Friendship Treaty of 1998 fixes the principle of strategic partnership, the recognition of the inviolability of existing borders, respect for territorial integrity, and mutual commitment not to use its territory to harm the security of each other. The treaty automatically renews on each 10th anniversary of its signing, unless one party advises the other of its intention to end the treaty.
Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council approved the initiative of President Petro Poroshenko, who offered to discontinue the Treaty on Friendship, Partnership and Cooperation with the Russian Federation for ten years-long period.