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Ukraine scraps agreement with CIS on arms standardization

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Stepan Kubiv
Europe   Ukrainian First Deputy Prime Minister Stepan Kubiv

The Ukrainian government has decided to terminate an agreement with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on cooperation in standardization of weapons and military equipment, Ukraine's Economic Development and Trade Ministry said in a statement.

Ukrainian First Deputy Prime Minister Stepan Kubiv said that the agreement could not be currently implemented in Ukraine as the country is switching from Soviet standards of arms standardization to the standards of Europe and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

The Ukrainian government has instructed the country's Foreign Ministry to inform the CIS Executive Committee about Ukraine's withdrawal from the agreement.

Earlier, Ukraine has voiced its intention to suspend the work within the CIS due to tensions with Russia. Kiev has already terminated several agreements on economic cooperation with the organization.

Founded in 1991 as a regional association of former Soviet republics, the CIS is comprised of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Ukraine and Turkmenistan are associate members of the organization.


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