Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The former head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine Nikolay Malomuzh said that without the Treaty of Friendship with Russia, Ukraine will not have a document that “demonstrate that Crimea is Ukrainian”. According to him the Ukrainian side should not tear up this treaty because it documents a clear split of the borders and Crimea is recognised as the territory of Ukraine.
On the airwaves of NSN the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine V, VI and VII convocations Spiridon Kilinkarov connected Malomuzh’s statement to his political activity.
“Of course, the statement, probably, is true without exaggerations, but the fact is that it doesn’t influence Ukrainian politics in any way. I am sure that if he was in Ukrainian politics, meaning an acting politician, then he would not have made such a statement. Actually, this big treaty was registered, frankly speaking, for the benefit of Ukraine. It is not at all logical to dissolve a treaty that was registered in the interests of the country”said the former deputy
The Kiev expert does not exclude war between Russia and Ukraine instead of a treaty.
As a reminder, the president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the law approved by the parliament concerning termination of the treaty on friendship and cooperation with the Russian Federation. The effect of the treaty expires in April 2019. The Russian President’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov called Kiev’s idea unreasonable since relations between Kiev and Moscow are already in crisis.
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