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DO WE HAVE TERMS? NATO LEAVES UKRAINE TO RUSSIA (SEVASTOPOL)

 
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DO WE HAVE TERMS? NATO LEAVES UKRAINE TO RUSSIA (SEVASTOPOL)
Putin in Ukraine to seal the deal on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in Crimea

Published 26 April, 2010, 23:05
Edited 27 April, 2010, 03:27

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has arrived in Ukraine on Monday evening to meet with the country’s President Viktor Yanukovich and Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov.

The fate of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Crimea is high on the agenda.

As a result of the first round of meetings, Prime Minister Putin announced that the topic of discussions was “full-scale” collaboration in the field of nuclear technology, ranging from fuel production to exporting energy.

"We are offering full-scale cooperation in our nuclear energy sectors,’ Putin stated after meeting with Yanukovich. “We propose to form a major holding that would include unification of nuclear power generation, unification of nuclear equipment construction and of the nuclear cycle."

Among other things, the politicians discussed possible projects in aircraft engineering and ship building.

The fate of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Crimea is also high on the agenda. Analysts expect the talks to also focus on the implementation of the agreements, which the Presidents of the two countries, Dmitry Medvedev and Viktor Yanukovich, reached during Medvedev’s visit to Kharkov on April 21.

The major breakthrough was made when Ukraine agreed to extend the deployment of the Russian Black Sea fleet in Sevastopol for 25 years, and in return, Russia promised to sell its gas at a 30 per cent discount.

Prime Minister Putin has called the deal “a unique case” and noted that the recent deals will “lay down foundations of Russian-Ukranian relations,” as in his view they are the evidence of “trust” and “supporting elbows” between Moscow and Kiev.

Since Viktor Yanukovich was recently elected as Ukraine’s President, co-operation between the two countries has intensified, said the Ukranian government press service, recalling that “the prime ministers will hold the fifth meeting for the past month.”

The Ukranian Prime Minister said that the restoration of trust between Russian and Ukraine is the major result of the recent Kharkov agreements.

However, the recent agreements, reached between the Presidents have yet to be ratified by the parliaments of either Russia or Ukraine.

On April 27, the document is scheduled for the ratification at Ukrane’s Supreme Rada and Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma.

However, its ratification in Ukraine is not a fait accompli, as there has been strong opposition in Ukraine to the agreements. Former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko and former President Viktor Yushchenko, who have recently united again – at least on this issue – strongly oppose the deal, calling it unconstitutional. They claim that the country’s constitution excludes the deployment of foreign military bases on its territory. However, Ukraine’s Constitutional Court has ruled the agreement legal, as this is not a new deployment, but an extension of an existing one.

During his recent Presidential campaign, Yushchenko made it clear that, if elected, the Russian Black Sea Fleet would have to leave the country’s territory in 2017. However, it is now up to the Rada to decide whether the Russian Navy will stay in Ukraine or not.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Putin told the media on Tuesday that he was surprised to see this form of response from Ukraine’s former leaders.
“It is a little bit unexpected to me because we discussed the matter with the previous government in previous years, and then no one was opposed to the extension of the Russian Black Sea fleet's presence," Putin stated.

Naftogas Ukraine has also expressed its concerns over the opposition’s criticism of the deal, but concluded in its statement that the countries’ leadership have “worked out the best possible scenario for the company’s financial improvement.”

At the same time, the country’s population is also divided in its opinion as to whether or not the Russian Fleet should stay in the country. On Saturday, thousands of demonstrators marched in front of the parliament building in Kiev, protesting a deal reached between the two Presidents earlier that week.

As local media reports, the opposition leader, Yulia Timoshenko, addressed the demonstrators, saying that the ratification of the agreement should be prevented at all costs, claiming that President Yanukovich is “selling out” Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the recent polls suggest that more than half (around 53 per cent) of Ukrainians support the newly-elected President Yanukovich, while only about 30 per cent don't and around 18 per cent are undecided on the issue.

This data was announced by the Public Opinion Foundation of Ukraine’s director-general, Oleksandr Bukhalov. Talking about the results of another survey, he noted that the majority of Ukranian citizens approve of European integration (almost 53 per cent), but, at the same time, support a union with Russia and Belarus (around 63 per cent) and oppose possible NATO entry (also around 63 per cent).

Olga Masalkova, RT
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Thousands protest Russia-Ukraine deal
By the CNN Wire Staff
April 24, 2010 12:12 p.m. EDT

Moscow, Russia (CNN) -- Thousands of opposition demonstrators marched in front of the parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, protesting a deal reached earlier this week to extend Russia's military presence in the former Soviet Republic, national news media reported.

Parliamentary opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko -- the former prime minister who lost to Viktor Yanukovych in the presidential election run-off in February -- told protesters Saturday that the ratification of the treaty must be prevented at all costs.

She claimed that Yanukovych is "selling out" Ukraine, has "openly embarked on the path of destruction of [Ukraine's] national interests, and has actually begun the process of eliminating the state's sovereignty," according to a transcript of the speech on her website.

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"The prolongation of the Black Sea Fleet's presence in Sevastopol is essential to Russia," Yanukovych said Wednesday. "We understand that the Black Sea Fleet will be one of the guarantors of security on the Black Sea."
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Russia has no plans for new military bases in other countries - Putin

© RIA Novosti.Alexandr Mazurkevich

Russia has no plans to build new military facilities anywhere in the world similar to its naval base in Ukraine's Crimea, the Russian prime minister said on Thursday.

"I would like to reiterate that Crimea is a unique case that has evolved historically," Vladimir Putin said, adding there was no need to build military bases in other countries and requested "our partners" not to bother with the same kind of requests.

The lease agreement on the Russian Black Sea Fleet's presence in Ukraine, signed on Wednesday, extends Russian naval presence in the port of Sevastopol for 25 years after the current lease expires in 2017, and may be further extended by another five years.

Putin also said Russia will pay higher rent for its base in Ukraine starting in 2017 and payments will be made in hard cash.

Yanukovych has pledged to move Ukraine away from the pro-Western stance of former President Viktor Yushchenko, who vowed that Russia would have to look for a new main base for its Black Sea Fleet once the current deal expires in 2017.

The Ukrainian opposition, however, has said any prolongation of Russian military presence will require amendments to the Constitution as well as a national referendum.

Yushchenko's party said Yanukovych should be impeached for signing the agreement extending Russian naval presence in Crimea because it contradicts the Ukrainian Constitution.

Mykola Tomenko, deputy speaker of parliament and a leader of the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc (YTB), said last Wednesday Article 17 of the Constitution forbids foreign military bases on Ukrainian soil.
MOSCOW, April 22 (RIA Novosti)
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Russia and Ukraine: Take-Over or Business Merger?
May 2nd, 2010

Is Putin planning to bring Ukraine into the Russian Federation?

Russian and Ukrainian analysts were astonished last Friday at Vladimir Putin’s proposal of merging energy giants Gazprom (Russia) and Naftogaz (Ukraine). In light of the recent agreement between the two countries to allow Russia’s Black Sea Fleet into Crimea for the next 32 years, Ukrainian opposition leaders declared their fear of the “destruction of Ukraine”.

There is nothing to suggest that Russia has an elusive and elaborate plan to take over Ukraine and annex it to become part of the Russian Federation, as some have unrealistically suspected. It is more reasonable to believe that Russia sees an opportunity to gain an important regional ally back into its sphere of influence while building up the economy of a vital economic partner. Russian authorities perfectly understand that a stable, economically viable, friendly and happy Ukraine will yield an array of benefits for Russia.

Russia sees an opportunity in power politics and is taking it.
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There is nothing to suggest that Russia has an elusive and elaborate plan to take over Ukraine and annex it to become part of the Russian Federation, as some have unrealistically suspected.


nah, of course not.

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NATO left Ukraine to Russia in 2008 under German and French pressure to do so. You know, the Merkel and Sarkozy that also failed to attend the Polish president's funeral despite being a stone throw's away.
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NATO left Ukraine to Russia in 2008 under German and French pressure to do so. You know, the Merkel and Sarkozy that also failed to attend the Polish president's funeral despite being a stone throw's away.
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at that time, I was facebooking all of my status updates only to realize that everyone around me has a sweet tooth, incl. my mother. They 'ate me.
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West acquiesces as Russia wins back ex-Soviet states
[link to www.tehrantimes.com]

Ukraine-Russia relations: Why Kiev made a dramatic U-turn back toward Moscow
[link to www.csmonitor.com]

Russia is going to takeover Ukrainian state gas company
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check it...


Russia and Ukraine settle dispute over gas

By Roman Olearchyk in Kiev
Published: November 30 2010 22:55 | Last updated: November 30 2010 22:55
Russia and Ukraine have reached a settlement over a dispute involving billions of dollars’ worth of natural gas, bringing a controversial gas trader back into the centre of the supply chain to Ukraine and possibly other European markets.
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