Russia sent the official invitation to Ukraine for the participation in the session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The meeting will take place on April 5, in Moscow as TASS reported citing Russia’s Representative Andrey Grozov.
“The Russian Federation officially sent the invitation of Sergey Lavrov to Foreign Minister Klimkin for the participation in the session of the Council of Foreign Ministers. There is no respond for this invitation,” the Russian side noted.
Grozov said that the invitation was sent to the Ukrainian side “in advance, in the beginning of March”.
As it was reported earlier, on April 12, 2018, Petro Poroshenko stated that he indented to present a bill on termination of certain articles of the agreement on friendship with Russia.
The President also called the Cabinet of Ministers for suspending the participation in the Commonwealth's statutory bodies and supported the withdrawal of Ukraine’s representation in the relevant institutions in Minsk. Later, Iryna Lutsenko, the MP from Petro Poroshenko Bloc, the President’s representative in the Parliament, stated that Ukraine would not denounce a series of agreements within CIS, including those on diplomas’ recognition, recruitment, and transit.
Later Poroshenko also claimed that Ukraine will reconsider all international agreements with the CIS.
In June 2018, Ukraine withdrew two diplomats from the composition of the statutory bodies of the CIS according to the order of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
Besides, Ukraine's service for foreign intelligence began the official procedure of withdrawal from the CIS Agreement on Cooperation of Intelligence and Security Services in December 2018.