Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry sent a note to Russia on the non-extension of a Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership, as Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine’s Prime Minister, said at the briefing, broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.
“Today, we have passed, as we said, a relevant note to Russia. I can show it to all of you. It’s a very important moment as this note has detail description of Russia’s violations, and I stress, of all the essential statements of this treaty. It concerns Russian armed aggression against Ukraine, Russian hybrid aggression against Ukraine, economic pressure, human rights violations. This treaty is fundamentally violated by Russia, so it can not be prolonged,” Klimkin said.
The Foreign Minister noted that the treaty does not provide a mechanism of actions if the deal was violated.
“None of the disputes settlement procedure provided. If Russia violated the treaty, as a rule, there are regulations on what courts to appeal. As it was a friendship treaty, this wasn’t even predicted,” Klimkin said.
The Foreign Ministry prepared a bill to suspend the treaty. Then, it has to be agreed, the Parliament has to vote for it.
“When the relevant decree of the President was revealed… We’ve prepared the bill even before that. On that day, I signed it and began a procedure of an interstate concord. We will carry it out with our lawyers and partners. There are no demands to do that in October or November. It should be done before the date when the treaty expires. This law is simple, there are a few lines. We understand what is it about. It will be taken through the process of the interstate concord and will be presented. I don’t’ see any difficulties or specific politics,” Klimkin said.
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.