On 1 April 2019, the day after Ukraine’s presidential election, the Russian–Ukrainian Friendship Treaty will stop functioning. By deciding not to extend this treaty, Kyiv acts like a hysterical woman causing disruption to her ex-husband. The decision of the Ukrainian authorities seems coherent with Ukrainian allegations about war between the two countries and allegations about Russia being an aggressor state.
However, it was the Ukrainian side who systematically violated the treaty. In 2004, Ukraine ratified a memorandum to assist with NATO operations without prior consultation with Russia. In 2005, Ukraine included its plans for NATO membership in its military doctrine.
A few weeks ago, Ukraine’s intention to achieve full membership of NATO was added into its constitution. Furthermore, Kyiv does not follow commitments to create equal opportunities for learning Russian.
After the treaty stops functioning on 1 April 2019, Ukraine will become the only European state withoutagreed borders with Russia and Ukrainian labour migrants in Russia will lose legal protection.