Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed bill No. 0206 "On the Termination of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation."
The relevant announcement was posted on Poroshenko's Twitter account on December 10.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, on December 6 passed the draft law on the termination of the Treaty submitted by the president on December 3. The Treaty, signed in Kyiv on May 31, 1997, and ratified by the Rada on January 14, 1998, is to expire on March 31, 2019, and not to be prolonged from April 1, 2019, in keeping with the parliament's decision.
The bill stipulated that the termination of the Treaty is the result of Russia's military aggression against Ukraine, which is a significant violation of the provisions of the Treaty.
It is also noted that the move exempts Ukraine from any obligation to abide by the Treaty and does not affect the rights, obligations or legal status of Ukraine arising from the implementation of the named Treaty before its termination, in accordance with Article 70 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of International Treaties.
The document comes into force the day following the date of its publication.