Russia buys the cruiser "Ukraine"?

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The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation now considers a question of Ukraine guided missile cruiser purchase.

As the correspondent of the UNIAN reports, the Minister of Defence of Ukraine Yury EKHANUROV reported anniversaries of Naval Forces of Ukraine about it today in Sevastopol on celebration 16-й.

"We conduct negotiations with the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation on Ukraine guided missile cruiser purchase. In particular, this question was discussed three days ago, during visit of the Ukrainian delegation to Moscow. We expect on the decision of Russia on this matter", - reported Yu.EHANUROV.

UNIAN reference. Ukraine in 1993 received the unfinished Ukraine guided missile cruiser which is under construction over 20 years in Nikolaev at the Black Sea shipbuilding plant of 61-го the Communard from Russia. Its technical readiness makes 96%. Numerous attempts to sell the cruiser of Russia or the third party were unsuccessful. On the cruiser the crew was twice formed of structure of Naval Forces of VS of Ukraine and twice disbanded. Final completion of the cruiser requires about 30 million dollars.

The ex-the Minister of Defence of Ukraine Anatoly GRITSENKO reported earlier that the Ministry of Defence spends for the maintenance of the cruiser "Ukraine" annually about 5 million UAH. "It isn't entered and won't be entered into Voyenno's fighting structure - naval forces moreover and takes away resources from performance of other tasks", - noted ex-the minister.

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