RDI encourages Russian-Ukrainian regional dialogue

Sustainable trade relations could foster political understanding between 2 nations

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There are 64 treaties between the regions of the Russian Federation and Ukraine that are marked as valid now by the Russian authorities.

Russian Development Initiative carried out a survey on the status of all treaties.

Due to information from Ukraine in recent years Kherson regional state administration (Ukraine) suspended 6 treaties with Murmansk, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Sverdlovsk, Tyumen and with Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous regions.

12 treaties were denounced by Sumy, Rivne, Chernivtsi, Kyiv Ukrainian regions with Bryansk, Kursk, Murmansk, Astrakhan, Ryazan, Kaluga, Leningrad, Moscow, Rostov, Sverdlovsk and with Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous regions in Russia.

Kyiv Regional Council voted for immediate dissolution of all relations with Russian regions in February 2016.

Donetsk regional state administration (Kramatorsk) informed Russian Development Initiative about the intentions to denounce the treaties with Russian regions after getting access to the administrative building (Donetsk is not controlled by Ukraine now).

Despite all tensions between Russia and Ukraine 25 treaties are still valid. Kharkiv, Kirovograd, Chernihiv, Ternopil, Zaporizhia, Dnipropetrovsk regions and Odessa City Council proved that they are not going to denounce the contracts.

Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation, and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation, signed on 31 May 1997 in Kyiv, marked the obligations to promote regional cooperation and direct trade and economic relations.

Russian Development Initiative encourages this regional relations as a tool for political and military reconciliation between two nations. We believe that fair business and civic contacts could be a part of the future peace talks.

We sent our research to:

- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (about fostering regional cooperation with Ukraine);
- The Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation (about the usage of the Russian Trade Representative in Ukraine);
- The Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation (about updating the registry of treaties);
- the Embassy of Ukraine in Moscow.

Russian Development Initiative is a non-profit and non-partisan project in Moscow focusing on global initiatives and Russian national programmes.