During the NSDC meeting, President Poroshenko said that in the near future, namely by September 30 of this year, the Russian Federation will have been informed by the note of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on the termination of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation of the year 1997.
“We do not want to prolong the treaty with the aggressor country. This is a firm and principled position of the Ukrainian President, Ukrainian Government, Ukrainian Parliament and Ukrainian people," the President of Ukraine said. At the same time, he stressed that "the process of decolonization of Ukraine is taking place now". "For Ukraine, in the understanding of Russian bonzes, appears as a colony of Russia. And the colony should be poor and deprived of rights," Petro Poroshenko said.
"There is one old saying: it's already hard to determine the authorship, it became a general opinion - contracts with the Russian Federation are not worth the paper on which they are written," the President said. At the same time, he noted that "we have had an opportunity to make sure of this, starting from 2014".
"This applies to gas contracts and reliability of the supplier, conditions of compensation for the Stockholm Arbitration won by us - an agreement signed in 2009, which pulled out tens of billions of dollars from the Ukrainian budget and Ukrainian pockets. Other treaties, from the internationally recognized borders of Ukraine to the contracts with words that today sound just like a brutal mockery of international law - "treaty on friendship, cooperation and partnership",” Petro Poroshenko emphasized.
The President said that the contract expires on March 31, 2019. "In order to prevent its automatic continuation, as stipulated by the terms of the contract, the Ukrainian side must notify the Russian side of its termination by September 30," Petro Poroshenko said.
The president called this decision "a deeply symbolic step" and said that the work with the leaders of the parliamentary factions in the Verkhovna Rada had already been planned to work out the necessary legislative steps, as well as the work with the Government to work out the necessary relevant state procedures.
The Head of State also noted that all international organizations, including the United Nations, would be informed about this decision.
"This decision is not emotional, not spontaneous, it is clearly verified and calculated. We implement our strategy, which we are guided by since 2014, and terminate this agreement. No one will stop our Euro-Atlantic movement," the Head of State summed up.