Leonid Kravchuk, the first President of Ukraine commented on the offer of Russia to denounce the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Russia and Ukraine in the part where the countries recognize the territorial boundaries of each other as 112 Ukraine broadcasted.
According to Kravchuk, such treaty does not exist for a long time as it is derailed by the history and Russian actions.
'The friendship is derailed by the war, annexation of Crimea and all actions of Russia towards Ukraine, including the statements, death, murders, migration, people who have no place to live, to be treated. There is no friendship here. The treaty is derailed by the history and Russian actions. Such document does not exist for me', he said.
According to the first president, Ukraine cannot give up any points of the adopted and ratified documents that state its independence and sovereignty.
As we reported the State Duma of Russia proposed to denounce the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Russia and Ukraine in the part where the countries recognize the territorial boundaries of each other.
'In the second article of the Treaty we recognize the territorial borders of Ukraine, and it (Ukraine) recognizes ours at the time of signing and ratifying this document. Having signed the Treaty in 1997, and then upon ratification in 1999, Russia confirmed that it believes ... Crimea and Sevastopol are part of the territory of Ukraine'.
Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014. The Crimea was declared a temporarily occupied territory. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially declared February 20, 2014, the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. October 7, 2015, the President Petro Poroshenko signed the relevant law. International organizations recognized the occupation and annexation of the Crimea as illegal and condemned the actions of the Russian Federation. Western countries have introduced a number of economic sanctions. Russia denies the occupation of the peninsula and calls it 'the restoration of historical justice'.
On April 11 Russia published a new version of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, which states that 'the Republic of Crimea and the city of federal significance Sevastopol are part of Russia'.