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Ukraine rips up key cooperation deals with Russia

Ukraine rips up key cooperation deals with Russia

Kiev (AFP) – Kiev lawmakers on Thursday annulled five crucial security agreements with Moscow that had allowed Russia to transport troops to a separatist region of Moldova and purchase weapons that are only produced in Ukraine.

The deals were suspended when Kiev accused the Kremlin of fomenting a pro-Russian revolt in Ukraine’s industrial east 13 months ago that has killed 6,250 and left the ex-Soviet state’s economy in ruins.

But Thursday’s decision means that legislative support from Ukraine’s dominant nationalist and pro-European parties would be required before such cooperation could resume once the separatist conflict is resolved.

It also underscores how little a truce deal reached in February has done to rebuild trust between Moscow and Kiev.

“I know of no other country that continues to be friends with a neighbour that kills your people,” prominent pro-EU deputy Mustafa Nayyem wrote on Facebook.

Source: Ukraine rips up key cooperation deals with Russia – Yahoo News

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