Washington Post: Chaos erupts in Ukraine Parliament

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April 28, 2010, 12:07 p.m. |

Ukraine's parliament on April 27 ratified an agreement with Russia during a tumultuous session. Some also warn that the deal could boost those determined to restore Russia's influence over its neighbors.
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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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