Poroshenko introduced in Parliament a bill to break the Treaty of friendship with Russia
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a bill on the rupture of the Treaty of friendship between Ukraine and Russia, reported on the website of the Ukrainian Parliament.
The Treaty of friendship, or “Great Treaty,” was signed by the presidents of Russia and Ukraine, Boris Yeltsin and Leonid Kuchma on 31 may 1997, and ratified by the parliaments of both countries.
According to the document, Russia’s relations with Ukraine are based on principles of strategic partnership, the inviolability of existing borders and respect for territorial integrity, the parties assumed mutual obligations not to use their territory to the detriment of each other. The document was signed for a period of 10 years with subsequent automatic prolongation (if no objections). In 2009 the contract was extended for a further 10 years until 31 March 2019.
However, on August 28, 2018 Poroshenko said that Ukraine has approached sufficiently trained and legally protected to the termination of the contract, and he expects the Ministry of foreign Affairs the necessary documents. Earlier, the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin has said repeatedly that “Russia violated all that is possible in this Treaty.” According to him, the foreign Ministry has developed a plan for the gradual termination of all international treaties of Ukraine and Russia.