Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko

Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko

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KIEV, December 3. /TASS/. Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko submitted to the parliament on Monday an urgent bill on terminating the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation, and Partnership between Ukraine and Russia, the Verkhovna Rada’s website said.

No text of the explanatory note for the document has been published in the parliament’s database.

On September 17, Poroshenko signed a decree on enacting a decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine on terminating the Friendship Treaty. Later, the Ukrainian cabinet ordered the Foreign Ministry to notify Russia and international organizations about Kiev’s wish to annul the treaty by September 27.

Under the Ukrainian law, now the document needs to be endorsed by the parliament.

Ukraine and Russia inked the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership in May 1997. The treaty came into force in April 1999 for a term of ten years with automatic extension for further ten-year periods if neither of the sides decides otherwise. In October 2018, the term expires when the sides should announce their plans of extending or terminating the document.

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