The Russian Federation regrets Ukraine’s intentions to terminate the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership with Russia, as the press office of Russian Foreign Ministry reported.
“The destructive steps Ukraine’s authorities take cause deep regret. Trying to serve for the foreign political interests and its political ambitions, Kyiv authorities show the readiness to easily destroy everything being built over years and decades, to dissolve the bonds being developed by many generations of our mutual ancestry over the centuries. The Ukrainian Government, which got the power after the armed anti-constitutional coup d’état in 2014, doesn’t scorn to leave a print in the history as the politicians who caused a colossal damage not only on the Russian-Ukrainian relationships, but also on Ukraine’s national interests,” the Russian Foreign Ministry informs.
Also, the message says that Russia hopes that the current crisis between the states will be inevitably overcome.
Earlier, the President Petro Poroshenko introduced the decision of NSDC on termination of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership with Russia.
As the president’s representative in the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Lutsenko noted, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine will inform Russia before September 30, and Poroshenko will introduce the bill to the parliament.
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.
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.