Russia will suggest Ukraine to prolong the contract on the BSF after 2017

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Russia intends to suggest Ukraine to prolong terms of stay of the Black Sea fleet for territories of Ukraine after 2017. About it report news of the city of Chita with reference to the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov.

"We strictly are guided by agreements on the Black Sea fleet, including containing and the provision on possibility of extension of terms of stay of fleet for the period after 2017 he said. - At the corresponding moment we will be ready to suggest the Ukrainian party to discuss conditions of such further stay. Certainly, concrete discussion of these questions is necessary at later stage closer by 2017 and with that government of Ukraine which will work at that time".

According to S. Lavrov, "at this stage the most important is conscientious performance from both parties of available agreements on fleet basing".

"We support that российско - the Ukrainian subcommittee on fleet concentrated on accurate implementation of those provisions which are available in the agreement which concern ensuring normal functioning and activity of the Black Sea fleet of the Russian Federation in the territory of Ukraine", - the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation emphasized.

"We respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, honestly we follow all arrangements available between two states in all their set, - S. Lavrov noted, - we carry out honestly all principles of cooperation recorded in these arrangements and we realize all directions of cooperation recorded in them".

On the eve of the vice-the prime minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Ivanov declared that Russia will seek for extension of term of rent. At the same time he emphasized that in case of refusal the Ukrainian party Russian the fleet will leave Sevastopol in 2017

In turn representatives of the Ukrainian power earlier repeatedly emphasized that the BSF of the Russian Federation in 2017 has to be brought out of the Crimea as that is demanded by the Constitution. And the President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko initiated a question of repayment of debts for gas in front of the Russian Federation which were created in 90-ые years, and transition to the market relations in a question of payment for rent of base of the Black Sea fleet of the Russian Federation in the Crimea.According to the proposal of the head of state, the specified sum of 5,8 billion UAH has to be put in the state budget-2009. This initiative was supported by the government which charged the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Justice to work a question of possibility of repayment of a debt to the Russian Federation.

We will remind, according to the contract which was signed in 1997, Russia rents part of the territory of Sevastopol for placement of the main base of the Black Sea fleet for 20 years - till 2017, writing off annually 97,75 million dollars from the sum of a public debt of Ukraine in front of Russia.


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