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Ukraine, Russia to extend Black Sea Fleet lease

Ukraine, Russia to extend Black Sea Fleet lease

Russian news agencies report that the presidents of Ukraine and Russia have agreed to extend the stay of Russia's Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol beyond the lease expiry in 2017.
The move is among the first concrete signs of the significant warming in relations between Moscow and Kiev since pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych took power in Ukraine in February.
Yanukovych had said he would extend Russia's lease on the base in the Ukrainian port. His predecessor Viktor Yushchenko had fought to kick it out, calling the fleet a hostile presence on Ukrainian soil.
The agencies quoted Russian President Dmitry Medvedev as saying Ukraine would receive discounts on gas shipments in return for certainty over the base's future.


Updated : 2021-10-26 07:07 GMT+08:00