Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has enforced the decision of the National Security and Defense Council to terminate the Treaty on Friendship, cooperation and partnership between Ukraine and Russia. Poroshenko signed the relevant decree. It was stated on the website of the Presidential Administration.
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.
"By September 30, the Russian Federation will be informed about it by the note of Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry, and the president will submit to the parliament a relevant bill in accordance with Article 24 of the law of Ukraine "On international treaties of Ukraine," the statement said.
Also, according to the decision of the National Security and Defense Council, the Foreign Ministry should inform the United Nations, the OSCE and other international organizations about Ukraine's desire to put an end to the Treaty of Friendship, signed on May 31, 1997, and grounds for termination.
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.