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.