Kremlin: Russia, Ukraine to have ratification votes on naval bases pact on April 27
April 21, 2010, 10:13 p.m. | Ukraine
— by Interfax-Ukraine
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, left, and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych speak at a news conference in Kharkiv, Ukraine on April 21. The presidents of Ukraine and Russia have agreed to extend the stay of Russia's Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine's Sevastopol port beyond the lease expiration date of 2017.
Moscow, April 21 (Interfax) - The Kremlin confirmed that the treaty on Wednesday to allow Russia to keep naval bases in Ukraine is due for ratification votes in both countries' parliaments on April 27.
"An agreement to that effect was reached in the course of negotiations between the [Russian and Ukrainian] presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Viktor Yanukovych," Medvedev's spokeswoman, Natalya Timakova, told reporters.
The Russian Black Sea Fleet has bases in Ukraine's Crimea region under a 1997 Russian-Ukrainian treaty expiring in 2017. Wednesday's accord permits the bases to stay on for another 25 years after that and may be extended by five years.