The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is convinced that the Ukrainian authorities act "in an effort to serve extraterrestrial geopolitical interests". Nevertheless, Moscow hopes to restore relations, but with other "more responsible Ukrainian politicians"
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia
The disintegration of the treaty on friendship, cooperation and partnership between Russia and Ukraine is a destructive step by the authorities in Kiev and is regrettable. This is stated in the statement by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
"In its anti-Russian stupefaction, the Ukrainian leadership, which has come to power after the armed unconstitutional coup in 2014, does not hesitate to leave a trail in history when politicians who have done enormous damage, not just to the Russian-Ukrainian relations, but also to the national interests of Ukraine, in the application.
According to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ukrainian authorities act "in an attempt to serve foreign geopolitical interests and their political ambitions". The Ministry of Foreign Affairs considers the breakdown of the Friendship Convention on the part of Kiev as a sign of willingness "to easily destroy everything that has accumulated over the years and decades, to break ties that have been built for centuries by many generations of our common ancestors. "
At the same time, the Russian section believes that Russian-Ukrainian relations will be "inevitably" restored, as the peoples of Russia and Ukraine "are destined to live in the neighborhood as a historic destination". "However, it is clear that we need to restore relations with other, more responsible Ukrainian politicians," the department emphasizes.
The statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs clarifies that after the official receipt from Kiev of the notification of the refusal to renew the agreement on friendship with Russia, the document ceases with effect from 1 April 2019.
On 17 September, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a decree on the refusal of an automatic extension of another ten years of an agreement on friendship, cooperation and partnership between the two countries. The document was signed by the Presidents Boris Yeltsin and Leonid Kuchma on May 31, 1997, ratified by the Verkhovna Rada in 1998, and the Duma in 1999. The first term of the agreement expired on April 1, 2009. Six months earlier it was automatically with a further ten years.
In August, the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Pavel Klimkin, explained that the breach of the treaty of friendship with Russia was the position of his agency. "I have always said that Russia has broken everything that is possible in this treaty," the diplomat said at the time. On 17 September, Klimkin announced its intention to review all contracts with Russia.