Eggs rained down on lawmakers and smoke bombs clouded the chamber in the Ukrainian Parliament as lawmakers opposed an extension of a port-leasing agreement with Russia in exchange for cheaper gas prices.
By Philip P. Pan
MOSCOW -- Ukraine's decision to host a Russian naval base for 25 more years in exchange for cheaper gas, a deal ratified Tuesday despite egg-throwing and a brawl over it in the Ukrainian parliament, does little to alter the immediate military balance in the Black Sea but presents other challenges for U.S. goals in the region.
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