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Verkhovna Rada approved the non-renewal of the treaty of friendship with Russia

Ukraine will not extend the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation with Russia after April 1, 2019. The corresponding document on Thursday was supported by the Verkhovna Rada, reports RIA Novosti.

For the termination of the agreement voted 277 deputies with the necessary minimum of 226 votes. On the eve of the bill, introduced by President Petro Poroshenko, supported the Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs.

In September, Poroshenko put into effect the decision of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) to terminate the friendship treaty with Russia. The Ukrainian authorities noted that it was not a denunciation, but a decision not to renew the agreement.

The Russian side called the actions of Kiev destructive and expressed regret in connection with such a decision.

The Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and Russia is a fundamental document of relations between Moscow and Kiev. It involves a strategic partnership of the parties. It was signed on May 31, 1997 and entered into force on April 1, 1999 for a period of 10 years with automatic renewal.

On the eve of a group of deputies of the Verkhovna Rada submitted to the Parliament a draft law on the automatic termination of contracts with Russia. In late November, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin said that Kiev intends to unilaterally terminate about 40 agreements with Moscow.

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