Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine intends to submit the draft law on the stop of the particular points of the Friendship Treaty with Russia to the parliament. He claimed this at 11th Kyiv Security Forum broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.
‘In such terms, the next step is the submission of the draft law on the urgent unilateral stop of the action of the particular points of the Friendship Treaty between Ukraine and Russia, in the part where the acting of the current treaty is incompatible with the national interests of the state and implementation of our Ukrainian right for the self-defense’, Poroshenko noted.
He also thinks that the agreement cannot be terminated completely
‘Why we cannot terminate this treaty but only stop the action of the particular points? Because there are other points important for Ukraine in which the sides ‘respect the territorial integrity of each other and confirm the inviolability of the existing borders between them’.
The president noted that according to the norms of the international law, these points of the treaty remain in force independently from the future cancelation of the particular points by the parliament.
Ukraine and Russia signed the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership in 1997. The agreement stipulates the basic principles of bilateral relations - strategic partnership, recognition and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity, and mutual commitments not to use each other's territory in the breach of each other's security.
The treaty was extended for 10 years in 2008. Its action expires in April 2019.