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Ukraine's MFA on termination of Friendship Treaty with Russia: This is right

The Russian side states that Ukraine has been systematically violating the treaty
17:01, 12 March 2019

Pavlo Klimkin, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine
Rzeczpospolita

Ukrainian side has got the note from Russian Foreign Ministry six months after the statement of Kyiv on its intention not to prolong Friendship Treaty on the cooperation and partnership between Ukraine and Russia, as Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin reported on Facebook.

“We have received a note from the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation as the response to our statement on the intention not to extend the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and Russia, which we sent on September 21, 2018. As you see they were quick to answer: almost six months later and 12 pages. And all of them state that supposedly Ukraine has been systematically violating the treaty,” Klimkin wrote.

Related: Russia confirms discontinuation of 1997 Friendship Treaty, - Ukraine's foreign ministry

Ukrainian Foreign Minister noted that according to the Russian side, Ukraine-EU Association Agreements is also “gross violation.”

“As everything that we do to become more democratic, European and independent for real. It means that we do everything right,” Klimkin added.

The Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation, and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation was signed on May 31, 1997 by then President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma and then President of Russia Boris Yeltsyn.

Related: Kremlin comments on Ukraine’s decision on terminating Friendship Treaty

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.

November 10, President Petro Poroshenko signed a law on the termination of Russian-Ukrainian Friendship Treaty from April 1, 2019.

Ukraine terminated cooperation with the Russian Central Electoral Commission, as the law “On the breach of Ukraine-Russia Friendship Treaty” came into force. 

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