Ukraine plans to not extend friendship treaty with Russia rather than terminates it

Ukraine plans to not extend friendship treaty with Russia rather than terminates it

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The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine does not plan to terminate the Treaty of friendship with Russia. Olena Zerkal, the Deputy Foreign Minister for European Integration claimed this as Interfax-Ukraine reported.
'We do not stand for the termination of the treaty but we want to not extend it for another 10 years as the condition of the relationship between Ukraine and Russia changed. These conditions need new approaches to the treaty bases, Zerkal said.

She added that 44 agreements of 450 between Ukraine and Russia are already torn.
'Until 2014 451 international agreements were concluded between Russia and Ukraine. After the beginning of the armed aggression, we have begun the inventory of the legal basis of the bilateral relations with Russia. As at April 2018 we fulfilled all necessary inner-state procedures and made the decision to suspend or stop one inter-state agreement, 25 inter-governmental agreements (20 initiated by Ukraine, 5 by Russia), 18 inter-departmental agreements', Zerkal said.

Ukraine and Russia signed the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership in 1997. The agreement stipulates the basic principles of bilateral relations - strategic partnership, recognition and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity, and mutual commitments not to use each other's territory in the breach of each other's security.
The treaty was extended for 10 years in 2008. Its action expires in April 2019.

Earlier Russia offered to denounce the Agreement on friendship, cooperation and partnership between Ukraine and Russiain the part where countries recognize the territorial borders of each other. Leonid Kravchuk, the first president of Ukraine commented this.

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