The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko claimed that political dialogue between Ukraine and Russia is possible, yet only after the de-occupation of Donbas and Crimea. He said it on air of Svoboda Slova TV program on ICTV channel.
“Only after the occupation is over, after the occupational troops are withdrawn from the territories of Donbas an Crimea, after the war is over, after the Ukrainian political prisoners are released, including the Ukrainian sailors, we will return to the political dialogue with Russia,” Poroshenko said.
At the same time he reminded that Russian observers would not come to the presidential elections in Ukraine. The Ukrainian nation supports this decision.
Poroshenko noted that he undertook pressure while deciding on non-admission of the Russian observers to the elections in Ukraine, but the international partners supported him.
The Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation, and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation was signed on May 31, 1997, by President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma and President of Russia Boris Yeltsyn.
The Verkhovna Rada ratified the treaty on January 14, 1998, and the State Duma on December 25, 1998. The document came into force on April 1, 1999.
Ukraine terminated cooperation with the Russian Central Electoral Commission, as the law “On the breach of Ukraine-Russia Friendship Treaty” came into force.