Without friendship with Russia. Why break the contract

Без дружбы с Россией. Зачем разрывать договора

The President introduced to the Verkhovna Rada a draft law on the termination of the Treaty of friendship, cooperation and partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.

In the fifth year of the war, after the annexation of Crimea, the fighting in the Donbas and seize Ukrainian ships in the Black sea, Ukraine finally decided to break the Treaty of friendship and cooperation with Russia.

Why wait so long, found out the Correspondent.net.

Go to the gap

President Petro Poroshenko submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a draft law on the termination of the Agreement on friendship, cooperation and partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.

The essence of the document lies in the completion of internal procedures necessary for the termination of the agreement with Russia.

“Cease from 1 April 2019, the Treaty on friendship, cooperation and partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation”, – stated in the text of the bill.

It also indicates that termination of the contract frees Ukraine from the obligation of its execution and does not affect the rights of Ukraine.

It is noted that the law comes into force on the day following the day of its publication.

Now the bill was referred to the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada.

On 24 September, Russia received an official note from Kiev about the non-renewal of the Treaty of friendship between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said that the soon to be suspended as much as 40 bilateral treaties between Ukraine and the Russian Federation.

“We recently “killed” 48 bilateral agreements, but they should be treated very carefully in the context of the fact that we have these agreements, “kill”, not stop just our Ukrainian citizens. The next portion will be very fast – about 40 agreements”, – said Klimkin.

He said that Ukraine is fundamentally reviewing all of our bilateral legal framework with Russia.

“That was before the war – by definition, it does not make sense”, – said Klimkin.

Reaction of deputies

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on foreign Affairs Hanna hopko on the meeting of the conciliation Board on December 3 noted that the Committee had already more than 2 months can’t get the note about not continuing the Treaty on friendship and cooperation with Russia aimed Russia, and can not communicate with the Minister of foreign Affairs.

“If the President wants to address the Committee on this question (a bill), let him come personally to the Minister and brings a note,” said hopko.

“To see what is the agreement, already 40, he says, they plan to stop at the 5th year of Russian aggression. We also would like to see a revision of the legal framework for the Russian Federation”, – said the MP.

The President’s representative in the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Lutsenko expressed hope that MPs will support the initiative of the head of state and will consider the document on Thursday, 6 December.

The contract has

Treaty of friendship between the two countries for a period of 10 years was signed by then-presidents Leonid Kuchma and Boris Yeltsin in 1997. Under the terms, the parties undertook in particular to “respect the territorial integrity and sovereignty” of the two countries.

The agreement is automatically extended for successive ten-year periods, if neither party declares its desire to terminate not less than six months before the end of the decade. A ten-year term of the agreement expires on 1 April next year.

From the Treaty of friendship with Russia today there is nothing left, said on Radio NV, Deputy Director of the Institute of world politics Nicholas Beleskov. Only that Ukraine is interested in the contract, is that Russia formally pledged to respect the Ukrainian border. However, in case, if the contract was not, still there are norms of international law on the inviolability of borders. The meaning of the agreement has long been lost, said the expert.

“Even if the Treaty continue to exist, this is not the fundamental point that decides something in our cooperation with the Russian Federation. Now more critical issues is the practical steps to strengthen the defense. You can even more practical to speak – bookmark to the end of the year, the first missile boats the class of LAN-Vespa, completion of work on anti-ship cruise missile Neptune. It is now much more important,” says Belenkov.

Russia’s Reaction

The Russian foreign Ministry believe that caused “tremendous harm not only the Russian-Ukrainian relations and the national interests of Ukraine itself.”

Без дружбы с Россией. Зачем разрывать договора

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In Russia about cancellation of the contract with Ukraine is not too worried

What are the consequences?

Termination of Treaty of friendship with Russia will not lead to any radical or sudden changes, said Advisor to the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Taras Kachka.

“All the actions of this government on the breaking of contracts is very chaotic. They are called political interests, or a situation”, – said the diplomat Bohdan Yaremenko.

Political consultant Paul Kruglyakovski believes that the termination of the Treaty of friendship, cooperation and partnership with Russia was done in preparation for the upcoming elections.

“I started the election campaign. Poroshenko will present himself as a President who can and wants to confront Russia and this will be one of the main lines of his election campaign. Many of the steps it has taken in recent years, fit into this logic. And Poroshenko instructed the foreign Ministry to prepare for the termination of the Agreement on friendship, cooperation and partnership with Russia is an ideological step,” – said the expert.

Also Kruglyakovski added that in practice, the termination of the agreement will not change anything in relations with Russia.

“A year or two ago by the deputies of the state Duma of the Russian Federation heard the statement that they don’t fulfill a number of important provisions of the Treaty due to the fact that we have “a state close to war,” and, accordingly, no friendship and cooperation, and they stripped themselves of the obligation to implement the clauses of this agreement. The contract, in fact, is no longer valid,” – said the expert.

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