Poroshenko signs decree recalling Ukrainian representatives from CIS bodies

  19 May 2018    Read: 1334
Poroshenko signs decree recalling Ukrainian representatives from CIS bodies

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday that he had a signed a decree recalling all Ukrainian representatives from the constituent bodies of the Commonwealth of the Independent States (CIS).

"I have signed a decree recalling all Ukrainian representative from CIS constituent bodies," Poroshenko said on Twitter.

The president noted that the decision was caused by Kiev’s policy aimed at integration into the European Union.

However, the committee's deputy spokeswoman, Vera Yakubovskaya, told Sputnik the organization had not received from Kiev any notifications of the alledged recall.

"Today is a weekend. As of yesterday, we have not received any notifications. It is difficult to say what will happen during the weekend," Yakubovskaya stated.

According to committee’s spokesman Vladimir Nikanorov, it is not the first time Ukraine makes such announcements without taking further steps. He also stressed that since 2014 there had been no Ukrainian representatives at the CIS Executive Committee.

Ukraine has never been a full member of the CIS as it signed but did not ratify the CIS Charter. However, until the eruption of the Ukrainian crisis in 2014, Kiev had participated in the organization's activities.

Last March the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry already drafted a proposal to pull out from the organization and tear up a friendship and partnership pact with Russia.

The Commonwealth of Independent States is a regional organization established by former constituent republics of the Soviet Union in the 1990's. It includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Turkmenistan is an associate member of the organization.

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