Ukrainian Foreign Ministry indignant at Russian ultimatum

14:29, 05 June 2008
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Kyrylych voiced the position

The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine believes that the statement about the state of Ukrainian-Russian relations, adopted on Wednesday by the Russian parliament, is an open attempt to put pressure upon Ukraine.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, Ukraine Foreign Ministry spokesman Vassyl Kyrylych claimed this to a news conference today.

He stressed that Ukraine, developing neighbor relations with Russia, has constantly supported equal partnership between the countries, spoke for solving all problems through a dialog, and always applied efforts to achieve positive results.

“Contrary to this approach, this statement of the State Duma, in fact, contains an ultimatum to Ukraine, and is nothing but an attempt to openly put pressure upon our state. It is unacceptable for the Ukrainian side”, V.Kyrylych stressed.

According to him, the Ukrainian Ministry bases on the assumption that the Treaty on Friendship, Collaboration, and Partnership between Ukraine and RF is still a cornerstone of the mutually beneficial relations between the two countries. This agreement equally corresponds to the interests of Ukraine and Russia. Namely due to this reason, Ukraine will not initiate its termination.

V.Kyrylych claimed that the proposal of Russia to terminate the treaty is a short-sighted and irresponsible step.

“It is evident that this proposal will never be supported by the international community, because it will do a serious harm to security and stability at the continent”, the Foreign Ministry’s spokesman said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Russian parliament issued a statement on Wednesday saying that Ukraine`s accession to NATO would unilaterally terminate a friendship treaty with Russia. The State Duma, the lower house of parliament, adopted the statement to bring to the attention of the country`s leadership Ukraine`s `unfriendly` policies. The treaty in question is the bilateral Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership, signed in 1997.

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