Ukraine not to prolong friendship and cooperation treaty with Russia

Ukraine not to prolong friendship and cooperation treaty with Russia

Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada voted not to prolong the 1997 Russia-Ukraine Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership after it terminates on April 1, 2019.

A total of 277 parliamentarians out of 450 supported the move.

Earlier, Ukrainian lawmakers from the ultra-nationalist Svoboda party introduced a bill demanding that Ukraine's bilateral agreements with Russia be annulled since the Verkhovna Rada was considering ending the 1997 Russia-Ukraine Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership.

The decision has been made after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko submitted to the Rada a bill to terminate the treaty on 3 December, which is a key document governing bilateral relations, Sputnik recalls.

Moscow received a note from Kiev about the non-extension of the Russia-Ukraine Friendship Treaty in September.

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