CIS coalition: Ukraine aims to quit 'useless' CIS treaties

09:51 Oct. 11, 2016

Ukraine aims to quit 'useless' CIS treaties

Council of Presidents of CIS member states in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on September 16, 2016.  (GettyImages Photo)

Kyiv wants to leave a series of agreements which the Ukrainian state ‘doesn't need'

Ukraine wants to quit an unspecified number of agreements, made by the post-soviet regional organization, the Commonwealth of Independent States.

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This is according to the political director of the country's Foreign Ministry, Oleksii Makeiev, local news agency Ukrinform reports. He says Kyiv is making an effort to ‘minimize' the potential losses Ukrainian citizens might take after quitting. 

‘We are aiming to exit the treaties which we don't need, and at the same time possibly keep the mechanisms which we need, for example, the pension deal', Makeiev said.

He added, Ukraine would support only the treaties that ‘work for the country'.

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Kyiv has been discussing the need to move away from the post-soviet coalition since Russia's aggression in Donbas and Crimea. 

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