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27 December 1998
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Statement of the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Of Ukraine

On December 25, 1998, the State Duma of the Russian Federationís Federal Assembly ratified the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and Russia.

A long-awaited-for ratification of the Treaty, the bedrock of the legal basis of the relations between the two sovereign states, will permit increasing relationships between Ukraine and Russia to a qualitative new level and opening up new opportunities for further comprehensive development of Ukrainian-Russian relations. This is exactly for what leaders and peoples of the two fraternal nations are striving.

Ratification of the Treaty by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on January 14, 1998 and its ratification by the Russian State Duma confirmed that both Ukraine and the Russian Federation legally recognized the inviolability of the existing between them borders, as well as their sovereignty and territorial integrity. They have also pledged to develop their further relations on the basis of universally recognized standards of international law.

Ratification of the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation constitutes a landmark historic event not only in their bilateral relations, but also in a broader context of European and global security. It testifies to the fact that both Ukraine and Russia are well aware of their role and responsibility in building up a new European security architecture and maintaining stability and security not only in Europe but also in the world as a whole.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses its satisfaction with the ratification by the State Duma of the major political Treaty between the two states, as well as its confidence that the Treatyís entering into force will provide for further development of equal Ukrainian-Russian cooperation for the benefit of the peoples of the two states.

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