President Petro Poroshenko emphasizes that legal grounds for suspending certain articles of the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and Russia (the "Great Treaty") became possible due to the recognition of Russian aggression against Ukraine both in national and international legal documents.
"We must be absolutely competent and professional. Legally, the country should have grounds, in accordance with Article 51 of the UN Charter, to suspend these articles and, above all, this applies if the country is an object of aggression and terminates them in the framework of ensuring the rights to national defense," the President said, noting that "some critics have already said: why has not this been done before?".
He emphasized that in the years 2014-2016 there had been no generally accepted term "Russian aggression" in international documents: "Everyone shyly said: it is a conflict in the east of Ukraine, a civil war or something else". The President stressed that "all this went in the format of the Russian hybrid war".
The President noted that only in 2017-2018, the official term "Russian aggression" entered into Ukrainian legislation and international documents, first of all, after the adoption of the law on reintegration of the Donbas.
"Due to aggression, Ukraine today has the right to suspend the provision on strategic partnership, provision on military cooperation, provision on military-technical cooperation and many other provisions that today are not in the interests of Ukraine. But the provisions on the sovereignty, territorial integrity and Ukraine's independence, on the internationally recognized borders, which are fixed in this agreement, are firmly maintained," the President emphasized. He added: "The provisions working for us (in the interests of Ukraine - ed.) will remain".
The Head of State informed that in the near future he would propose the given approach to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and expressed conviction that the Parliament would support that initiative. As well as the proposal to the Government and the Verkhovna Rada to withdraw from the statutory bodies of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and withdraw Ukrainian representatives from Minsk.
The President also stressed that those initiatives would be continued.