Disinfo: Ukraine does not pay fees to the CIS and is in no hurry to leave the Commonwealth

Summary

Since 2014, Ukraine has not paid contributions to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and does not have a representative there, but at the same time retains a number of agreements and participates in the work of industry cooperation bodies.

Representatives of the Russian Foreign Ministry declared that the debt of Ukraine to the CIS exceeds 300 million rubles. Kyiv has not yet decided whether to repay the debt.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

In the legal sense, Ukraine is not a member state of the community, since  it did not sign the CIS Statute in 1993, but has the status of a founding state and a CIS participant state. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry denied the statement of debt.

In February 2019, the Ukrainian Ambassador to Belarus, Igor Kizim, announced that Ukraine had completed the process of withdrawing from the CIS coordinating bodies and was working to end its participation in agreements concluded within the Commonwealth.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue162
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/08/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, CIS

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