Ukrainian President Wants to Abolish Treaty of Friendship with Russia


KIEV, Ukraine – Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko said on Saturday he would sign a law abolishing the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Russia and Ukraine on Monday.

On Thursday, the Ukrainian parliament voted to not extend the treaty, which runs until April 1, 2019. Of the 450 parliamentarians, a total of 277 supported the measure.

“There is a certain symbolism at the end of the agreement on the so-called friendship with Russia. I will sign the corresponding law on Monday,” Poroshenko said in his official Twitter account.

The treaty of friendship, cooperation and partnership was signed between the two countries 21 years ago. The key document for bilateral relations between countries and provides for a strategic partnership.

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This comes as only days ago the head of the Ukrainian Defense and Security Council, Aleksandr Turchinov, spoke on successful tests of new cruise missiles that are expected to strengthen coastal defenses in the Black and Azov seas.

According to Turchinov, on Wednesday in the Odessa region, new Ukrainian cruise missiles capable of reaching targets at a distance of 280 kilometers were tested. In addition, a coastal defense system was developed with the help of the modernized S-125 missile system.

According to Aleksandr Turchinov, the main objective of the cruise missiles was the verification of the range and the aim of the surface targets. In addition, the results of these exercises showed the effectiveness of the modernized S-125.

“Eight launches were carried out, during which eight surface targets were destroyed. This is a good result, proving that these modernized systems are capable of providing a solid protection against aggression from the air and the sea and significantly coastal defense of the shores of the Black Sea and the sea of ​​Azov,” said Turchinov as quoted by the press office of the entity.

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