Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin

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KIEV, November 30. /TASS/. The Kiev government will soon unilaterally terminate about 40 bilateral agreements with Russia, Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin said in a 1+1 TV channel broadcast on Thursday night.

“Recently, we have terminated 48 international agreements (with Russia). However, this should be done very carefully… so that our Ukrainian citizens were not affected. The next portion of about 40 terminated deals will follow fairly quickly,” he said.

According to Ukraine’s top diplomat, Kiev has been overhauling all bilateral treaties with Russia.

“Everything that existed before the war (until 2014 – TASS) by definition makes no sense,” Klimkin said.

Earlier, relations between Russia and Ukraine were streamlined by 375 bilateral documents. Some of them have been suspended in recent years due to the eastern Ukrainian conflict between the Kiev government and the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, and Crime’s reunification with Russia in 2014.

On September 24, Kiev formally notified that the bilateral Friendship Treaty was not extended. The deal was signed in May 1997 and entered force in April 1999. The treaty was valid for a ten-year period, and was extended automatically every 10 years if none of the parties objected.

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