The Kremlin considers unreasonable Ukraine’s withdrawal from the Treaty on friendship
Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov called unwise the intention of the Ukrainian authorities to withdraw from the Treaty on friendship, cooperation and partnership. He noted that the bilateral relations of Russia and Ukraine “are in a situation which is very difficult something else to spoil”.
“But even in the face of this deep crisis in our bilateral relations, of course, it would be unwise to take any steps which will cause additional damage to the interests of the two peoples,” said Mr Peskov told reporters. He stressed that Russia was never a supporter of the deterioration of relations between the two countries.
On the eve of President Petro Poroshenko stated that Ukraine is ready legally to the termination of the agreement. He instructed the foreign Ministry to prepare documents for breach of contract. The head of the Ukrainian foreign Ministry said that Ukraine notifies Russia of withdrawal from the contract until September 30.
Recall, Ukraine and Russia signed a Treaty of friendship, cooperation and partnership of may 31, 1997. The agreement was concluded for 10 years with subsequent automatic prolongation. If none of the parties in six months does not declare the termination document, the contract shall be extended for 10 years from 1 April 2019. The Treaty enshrines the principles of strategic partnership and recognition of the inviolability of existing borders and respect the territorial integrity of each other.