Ukraine bids to find new partners on missile warning treaty

18:49, 13 August 2008
Ukraine
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President`s deputy chief of staff said to journalists

The denunciation of the missile warning agreement with Russia will allow Ukraine finding new partners in this sphere in future.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, deputy Ukrainian President’s Chief of Staff Andriy Honhcaruk claimed this to a press conference today.

He recalled that it namely Russia was the first who made decision to terminate this agreement.

A.Honcharuk also stressed that Russia was the main contributor of the agreement, thus, Ukraine made decision about inexpediency of its further membership.

“After canceling this agreement, Ukraine’s opportunities of giving its services to other countries, other groupings, have broadened”, A.Honcharuk said, adding that this is the plan of future.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on Wednesday Ukraine`s President Viktor Yushchenko terminated the agreement on missile warning and space monitoring systems with Russia. The treaty dated back to July 6, 1992. The termination came at Russia`s request, as the country is building radar stations on its own territory, which would replace missile warning systems in the CIS. Ukraine`s National Space Agency believes the systems in Sevastopol and Mukachevo could remain in place until 2020, and is now drafting an outline for their future development. Specifically, Sevastopol`s missile warning system could be used in the space program, and it will be upgraded to this end.  Meanwhile, a number of experts say Russia may fail to complete its radar stations in 2009, and after Ukraine stops providing information, Russia could end up with a gap in its missile defense system.

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