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UPDATED: 13:03, December 28, 2005
Ukraine not to unilaterally revise pact on leasing naval base to Russia's Black Sea fleet
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Ukraine will not unilaterally revise the pact on Russia's Black Sea fleet at the Sevastopol base in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Defence Minister Anatoly Hrytsenko said on Tuesday.

The pact with Russia has to be maintained, and both governments need to calmly deal with the problems in the implementation in line with law and regulations. Only in this way, are both parties able to settle the row, Hrytsenko told reporters.

Ukraine is not going to take any unilateral actions in this regard, he stressed.

Russia's Black Sea fleet has been stationed at Sevastopol since the disintegration of the Soviet Union. According to a pact signed in 1997, Russia would pay Ukraine 98 million U.S. dollars every year to lease the Sevastopol base until 2017.

Russia's gas giant Gazprom recently demanded that Ukraine pay 230 dollars per 1,000 cubic meters of gas starting from 2006, as compared with this year's 50 dollars. In response, some Ukrainian officials suggested that the leasing fee of the Sevastopol base be raised in a bid to compensate for the gas price hike.

Also on Tuesday, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov warned: "The agreement on the Black Sea fleet base is one part of a bilateral treaty, the second part of which contains recognition of mutual borders. Trying to revise the treaty would be fatal."

Source: Xinhua


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