Ukraine registers draft law on CIS creation agreement’s termination
Ukraine's parliament, locally known as the Verkhovna Rada, registered a draft law on terminating the agreement on creation of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Russian news agency Itar-Tass said Oct. 13.
The project was initiated by the MPs from the Svoboda (Freedom) party.
The draft law's text has not yet been published.
On Oct. 9, the head of the permanent delegation of the CIS interparliamentary assembly, the Verkhovna Rada MP Sergei Grinevetsky said Ukraine is not considering to leave the CIS.
Earlier, the director of information policy department of Ukraine's Foreign Ministry, Yevgeny Perebeinos explained that "the decision should be taken by the Verkhovna Rada in order to start the process of leaving some international organization. Currently, there is no such a decision."
On Oct. 9, the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko apologized for the failure to personally attend the meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of State. Ukraine's interests at the summit, held Oct. 10, were represented by the Ukrainian Ambassador to Belarus, Mikhail Ezhel.
The issue of Ukraine's leaving the CIS was brought forward by the Ukrainian authorities in March this year. Since then, there has not been any progress.
Moreover, the Ukrainian Economy Ministry presented a report saying that leaving the CIS is impractical in terms of economic interests of Ukraine itself.
The agreement on establishment of the CIS was signed by the presidents of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine on Dec. 8, 1991.
The agreement's article 10 states that "each of the high contracting parties reserves the right to terminate the agreement or its individual articles, notifying the parties to the agreement a year in advance."