Poroshenko Orders to Start Procedure of Ukraine’s Official Withdrawal From CIS
Sputnik/ Europe12:58 12.04.2018(updated 13:14 12.04.2018) Get short URL
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that he instructed the government to begin the procedure of Ukraine’s official withdrawal from the constituent bodies of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
“I would like to ask the government to prepare proposals on the official termination of our membership in the constituent bodies of the CIS, as well as on the final closure of the Ukrainian representation at the relevant bodies in Minsk,” Poroshenko said at the eleventh Kiev security forum on Thursday.
He added that the legal framework of the CIS, which was signed by Ukraine, should be reassesed taking into account its compliance with the national interests of the country.
Earlier in March, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry drafted a proposal to quit the CIS and tear up a friendship and partnership pact with Russia.
The Commonwealth of Independent States is a regional organization that was formed by former Soviet Union members in the 1990s. The group aims to promote economic, political and cultural cooperation.
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