Ukraine tears up 5 agreements with Russia, including on military personnel transit to Moldova and defense cooperation

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko on June 8 signed into law five bills denouncing Ukrainian-Russian defense cooperation agreements, which were approved by Verkhovna Rada on May 21, 2015, the president's press office said.

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko on June 8 signed into law five bills denouncing Ukrainian-Russian defense cooperation agreements, which were approved by Verkhovna Rada on May 21, 2015, the president's press office said.

In particular, the president signed the law "On the denunciation of the Ukrainian-Russian intergovernmental agreement on transit via Ukraine of Russian military personnel temporarily stationed in the Republic of Moldova" and the law "On the denunciation of the Ukrainian-Russian intergovernmental agreement on organizing military inter-state transportation and related payments."

The other three bills signed by the president on Monday are titled "On the denunciation of the Ukrainian-Russian intergovernmental agreement on mutual protection of secret information," "On the denunciation of the Ukrainian-Russian agreement on military-intelligence cooperation" and "On the denunciation of the Ukrainian-Russian inter-governmental agreement on defense cooperation."

All these bills were backed by most parliamentarians on May 21.

The agreements were signed between the Ukrainian and Russian governments in Sochi on November 25, 1995, the president's press office recalled. The documents were signed for a five-year term with an automatic prolongation unless either party gives a six-month written notice of its intention to terminate the agreement.

The agreement on transit via Ukraine of the Russian military personnel temporarily stationed in Moldova sets out the terms for transit, grant of permissions and control by Ukraine. The agreement on organizing inter-state military transportation and related payments regulates transportation of military units, command staffs and their families by train, by air and on the road from Ukraine to Russia and from Russia to Ukraine, as well as from Ukraine to other countries and back to Ukraine via Russia, and from Russia to other countries and back to Russia via Ukraine.

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