KIEV, September 12. /TASS/. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry informed that Ukraine continues the efforts aimed at dissolving and reviewing agreements with Russia and the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States). This statement came as a response to media reports claiming that the dissolution process has been suspended after Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky assumed office.
"The work on deep stocktaking and aligning our treaty and legal basis with Russia and CIS in accordance with current national interests of Ukraine has not stopped," the ministry stated in response to a request by Ukrainian News.
The ministry stressed that the prolonged process of reviewing the existing treaty and legal base is caused by the need to adhere to all procedures stipulated by these agreements in order to dissolve them, as well as by the process of forming government bodies after the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine. "After the process of forming the new leadership of all involved government bodies is complete, the stocktaking of treaty and legal base with Russia and the CIS and the dissolution of agreements that no longer correspond to Ukraine’s interests will continue," the foreign ministry informed.
In December 2018, Kiev officially exited the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation, and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation signed in 1997. According to experts, this move undermined a system of bilateral contracts and agreement based on the treaty. In January of this year, former Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin informed that Kiev terminated 49 agreements with Russia, adding that Ukraine is working on the second set of 50 agreements with Russia that it plans to dissolve.