Russia refused to buy the cruiser "Ukraine"

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The first deputy general director of Rosoboronexport Ivan Goncharenko refuted the statement of the Minister of Defence of Ukraine for being planned sale of the Russian Federation unfinished Ukraine guided missile cruiser, reports RIA Novosti news agency.

In the summer of 2008Yury EkhanurovI declared that to such ship, as the cruiser "Ukraine", "in the Black Sea there is nothing to do" as it is intended for conducting combat operations at the ocean. He also reported that Russia possessing considerable ocean territories, such ship is more necessary and that the question of its sale to Moscow is considered now.

In April, 2005 at negotiations in Moscow Ministers of Defence of Ukraine and Russia decided not to carry out cruiser completion, having considered that armed forces both states have no need for this ship. But earlier interest to acquisition of "Ukraine" was shown by India and China, and besides target, its use in entertaining business was considered.

Construction of the cruiser "Ukraine" which "the Admiral of Fleet Lobov" was called earlier, began in Nikolaev at Shipbuilding plant of 61 Communards in 1984 by request of Voyenno - navy of the USSR. At that time its estimated cost made about 600 million US dollars. Since May, 1992 the cruiser was under construction already by request of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine.

Now technical readiness of the cruiser is estimated at 96 percent. Its full completion requires about 150 million more hryvnias. But financing either wasn't allocated in recent years for completion, or was scanty. Thus its contents annually costs to the budget 1 million hryvnias.

"Ukraine" is the same ship with a leader of the Black Sea fleet of the Russian Federation the cruiser "Moscow". The cruiser is equipped with sea option of overland C-300 system - a missile system of average radius of action of C-300 "Fort". Besides, 16 launchers of the anti-ship missiles "Basalt", 3 batteries six-barreled 30 - millimetric guns of joint stock company-630 "Pennants", two torpedo tubes, 130 - millimetric artillery systems of the main caliber are onboard installed. For investigation and correction of fire onboard there is a helicopter.

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