On September 24, Russia has received an official note from Kyiv on non-renewal of the Treaty on Friendship between Ukraine and the Russian Federation. About it the director of the Second Department of the CIS Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Andriy Rudenko told reporters on Tuesday, TASS reports.
“A note was brought to us on Monday by a temporary attorney (in the affairs of Ukraine),” the diplomat informed. “Although it actually doesn’t change anything, you know that the decree was issued by Poroshenko last week, the relevant statement of the Foreign Ministry was made, but nonetheless this is a formal report that from April 1 the treaty will cease to exist,” – said Rudenko.
He added: “Ukraine has decided not to prolong the great treaty with Russia – of course, we are very sorry about it.”
The Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation, and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation was signed in May 1997 and entered into force on April 1, 1999 for a period of 10 years, with an automatic extension for the next decade, in the absence of the parties’ objection.