KIEV, December 13. /TASS/. The Ukrainian Central Election Commission suspends cooperation with the Russian Central Election Commission (CE) due to the enactment of the law "On termination of the operation of the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation," Ukraine’s CEC reported on Thursday.
"Taking into consideration the enactment of the Ukrainian law ‘On termination of the operation of the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation’ on December 12, 2018, the Central Election Commission reported the termination of the operation of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation and the Central Election Commission of Ukraine, as of February 24, 2000, which frees the commission (the Ukrainian CEC - TASS) from obligations to execute it," the report says.
The Treaty on Friendship was signed in 1997 between Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma and Russian President Boris Yeltsin and came into effect on April 1, 1999. On December 10, 2018, Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko signed the law on the termination of the operation of this law. On December 11, the law was published in the parliamentary newspaper "Golos Ukrainy" ("Ukraine’s Voce"), and on December 12 it came into effect.