The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has decided to terminate the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation, and Partnership between Ukraine and the Russian Federation from April 1, 2019. A total of 277 parliamentary members backed respective bill 0206, when 226 votes were enough to pass the decision, the Ukrainian News Agency reports. The Treaty was signed on May 31, 1997 for the period of 10 years and took effect on April 1, 1999. The Treaty is considered extended by 10 more years automatically if neither party is willing to terminate it. On September 21, the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Ukraine informed the Russian Federation about Ukraine's willingness to terminate the document. As far as the Treaty was ratified by the Parliament, it is the Verkhovna Rada that has to take the decision to terminate it. As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, Russia has expressed its regret about Ukraine's intention to terminate the Treaty.