Today the Verkhovna Rada is considering the termination of the Friendship Treaty with the Russian Federation.
Unfortunately, I am unable to physically be in parliament because I am in the US on a a working visit. This is a very important trip for forming new systems of security and guarantees for Ukraine from the United States. The trip was agreed in advance and could not br cancelled or rescheduled. Together with me are deputies Hryhoriy Nemyria and Serhiy Vlasenko.
That is why we asked Speaker Andriy Parubiy in advance that our votes be counted “for” terminating the Friendship Agreement with Russia. I am making this statement public.
I want to add that this is my personal position and that of Batkivshchyna. That is why our colleague, seasoned diplomat Borys Tarasyuk, submitted the draft document on terminating the treaty with Russia at the start of work of this convocation of the Verkhovna Rada. But all these years “the time was not right” for this government.