Earlier, the Russian MFA claimed that the non-extension of Friendship Treaty provided the impetus for the continuation of the process of cleaning up the entire legislative framework between Russia and Ukraine.
‘According to the claim of the Russian side, it means that the Russian Federation is intended to review the existing legislative framework between the two countries with the aim of its limitation. I suspect that Russia is not interested in the removal of the regulations and treaties, which regulate those things,’ Popyk noted.
‘For instance, we hear about their intention to review the existing legislative framework, which concerns the navigation in our maritime areas. It means that Russians prepare, create the necessary legal preconditions for the escalation of the situation. No more or less,’ the Adviser of the Prime Minister claimed.
As it was reported earlier, the Ukraine-Russia Friendship Treaty of 1998 fixed 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. Related: Ukraine to reconsider treaty and legal basis with Russia, - Foreign Minister
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.