The State Duma of Russia proposed to denounce the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Russia and Ukraine in the part where the countries recognize the territorial boundaries of each other. This was reported by the first deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian integration and relations with compatriots Konstantin Zatulin, RIA Novosti reports.
The deputy believes that the treaty is only "unilaterally beneficial" to Ukraine.
"In the second article of the Treaty we recognize the territorial borders of Ukraine, and it (Ukraine) recognizez ours at the time of signing and ratifying this document. Having signed the Treaty in 1997, and then upon ratification in 1999 year, Russia confirmed that it believes ... Crimea and Sevastopol are part of the territory of Ukraine, "Zatulin said.
"Our interpretation of the treaty is that our recognition of the borders made in this treaty is interconnected with the subject of the treaty - friendship, cooperation and partnership. There is no friendship, cooperation and partnership - there is an occasion to say: "So, all issues need to be solved anew, including questions on borders. Therefore, personally, I will propose and offer ..., that we need to denounce it with regard to the second article, namely, recognition of the borders, "Zatulin added.
Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014. The Crimea was declared a temporarily occupied territory. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially declared February 20, 2014 the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. October 7, 2015, President Petro Poroshenko signed the relevant law. International organizations recognized the occupation and annexation of the Crimea as illegal and condemned the actions of the Russian Federation. Western countries have introduced a number of economic sanctions. Russia denies the occupation of the peninsula and calls it "the restoration of historical justice."
On April 11 Russia published a new version of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, which states that "the Republic of Crimea and the city of federal significance Sevastopol are part of Russia."
In August 2016, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yury Lutsenko named 18 Russian military officials who were informed of suspicion of organizing a hybrid war with Ukraine. The key person in the organization was called Advisor to the President of Russia Sergei Glazyev.