Tymoshenko: Constitution is the main priority regarding deployment of Russian fleet in Ukraine

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Jan. 14, 2010, 5:37 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
The Constitution of Ukraine is a main priority in the question of stationing the Russian Black Sea fleet in Ukraine, Ukrainian Prime Minister and presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko has said. "The Constitution of Ukraine quite clearly stipulates that foreign military bases cannot be deployed in Ukraine, and this constitutional clause is the fundamental basis of the state's security," she said at a press conference in Kyiv on Thursday, when asked to comment on what her attitude to the deployment of the Russian fleet's naval base in Sevastopol would be if she were elected Ukraine's president.
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Anonymous Jan. 14, 2010, 8:09 p.m.    

This is one campaign promise that I hope Tymoshenko will keep when she becomes president, as is most likely, after the second round when the democratic forces will rally around her. Yanukovych will certainly keep the 30% that he has and certainly will get no more.

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Anonymous Jan. 14, 2010, 10:56 p.m.    

Yanukovych will certainly keep the 30+ % that he has and certainly will get more. Your would be a fool to think otherwise.

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Anonymous Jan. 14, 2010, 10:54 p.m.    

Yes but it also clearly has a rider that permits existing foreign bases to remain in Crimea.

Chapter XV

Transitional Provisions

14. The use of existing military bases on the territory of Ukraine for the temporary stationing of foreign military formations is possible on the terms of lease, by the procedure determined by the international treaties of Ukraine ratified by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

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Anonymous Jan. 14, 2010, 10:55 p.m.    

If Ukraine joined NATO then a NATO base would not be considered Foreign.

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