THE END OF FRIENDSHIP

On the news tapes a message appeared that Petro Poroshenko expects a package of documents from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the near future to begin the process of breaking the agreement on friendship with Russia.
“At last we have approached sufficiently prepared and legally protected to the next step – the termination of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation, which through Moscow’s fault has long been an anachronism,” Poroshenko said at a meeting with heads of foreign diplomatic institutions Ukraine.
“Already in the near future I expect the necessary documents from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to begin the implementation of this process,” the president said. His speech was broadcast by Ukrainian TV channels.
At the same time, the Ukrainian leader noted that the status of the aggressor state for Russia is enshrined in Ukrainian legislation and recalled the need to create a coordinating body for the formation of Ukraine’s consolidated claim to Russia to compensate for the losses incurred.
This Poroshenko did not stop. He also recalled other steps to distance Ukraine from Russia. “We continue to thread the thread of the web that Russian tsarism, and then red Bolshevism, methodically entangled the freedom-loving Ukrainian soul for many centuries,” he said, recalling the receipt of economic, energy independence and progress toward obtaining Tomos (autocephaly) for “Ukrainian local churches”.
Recall, the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership was signed by Russia and Ukraine in 1997, the treaty was ratified by the Verkhovna Rada. The Treaty consolidates the strategic partnership of the parties “on the basis of the principles of mutual respect, sovereign equality, territorial integrity, inviolability of borders, peaceful settlement of disputes, non-use of force or threat of force, including economic and other means of pressure.”
The term of the agreement is ten years with the subsequent automatic extension if the parties do not object.
The first ten-year period began from the date of entry into force of the treaty on 1 April 1999 and ended on 1 April 2009. The parties did not wish to terminate the agreement until October 1, 2008, so it automatically lasted for the next ten-year period.
Back in March 2018, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry prepared proposals for the president to withdraw from the CIS bodies and denounce the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and Russia. According to Deputy Svetlana Zalishchuk, the prepared proposals were then announced by Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin. “When asked if such decisions can be expected, the minister replied that the decision was for the head of state,” Zalishchuk said.
Apparently, the time has come. Moreover, there are presidential elections on the nose, and there is nothing to present to the electorate except the questionable pleasure of visa-free travel.

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