Sergei Lebedev, the Head of CIS Executive Committee, the Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), stated that the organization did not receive an official notification from Ukraine that it leaves the commonwealth, as Interfax Ukraine reports.
“I officially declare that Ukraine did not send any messages, official notification or appeals to CIS institutions,” Lebedev said on Monday in Minsk.
According to him, the members of the Executive Committee “turned attention to the statement of Ukraine’s President Poroshenko” that Ukraine leaves the commonwealth.
“But this is just an errand. We will wait till the Government (of Ukraine, - ed.) makes the decision and gives recommendations,” he noted.
He said that Ukraine is interested in the cooperation just as the CIS states.
“Due to its geographic location and close long-standing ties with the commonwealth states, of course, Ukraine is considered as our neighbor, our partner and most of the CIS states would be interested in its remaining our good neighbor and our partner,” Lebedev said.
“We are interested in preserving a wide cooperation with Ukraine,” Lebedev added.
As it was reported earlier, on April 12 Petro Poroshenko stated that he indented to present a bill on termination of certain articles of the agreement on friendship with Russia.
The President also called the Cabinet of Ministers for suspending the participation in the Commonwealth statutory bodies and supported the withdrawal of Ukraine’s representation in the relevant institutions in Minsk. Later, Iryna Lutsenko, the people’s deputy from Petro Poroshenko Bloc, the President’s representative in the Parliament, stated that Ukraine would not denounce a series of agreements within CIS, including those on diplomas’ recognition, recruitment and transit.