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Yanukovych: Referendum on Russian Black Sea Fleet's stationing in Ukraine may be held

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April 22, 2010, 3:07 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Yanukovych to hold plebiscites not only on this issue, but also on other subjects

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has said he does not rule out the possibility of holding a referendum on the stationing of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine after the necessary legislative framework is adopted for this in future. "As soon as the respective legislative framework is adopted, a referendum will be held. Of course, there will be a lot of issues on which we'll have to compare views with the Ukrainian people," he said at a press conference in Kyiv on Thursday, while commenting on the possibility of holding a referendum on the Black Sea Fleet.

Yanukovych said he planned to hold plebiscites not only on this issue, but also on other subjects.
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Anonymous April 22, 2010, 4 p.m.    

Hurah! Russian fleet should be stationed in Ukraine indefinitely. The referendum will support that.

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Gene Nelson April 22, 2010, 4:43 p.m.    

Why would you support any foreign country having a base in Ukraine?

Do you know the constitution says no?

I doubt there will ever be a referendum on this issue.

There is too much division on this subject in Ukraine.

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Anonymous April 22, 2010, 7:58 p.m.    

There is really not too much division on this issue as some of the articles/comments on this site may suggest. Most of the people do not view Russian Black Sea fleet as foreign and support closer cooperation between Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, etc. It makes sense. Everyone benefits.

Nationalists cry the loudest, but they are just a radical minority. They have had their only chance over the last five years, and look what they have 'led' the country to? No mas.

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Anonymous April 23, 2010, 12:54 a.m.    

There is division on this...Ukrainians are against the fleet, Russians are for it...and Yanukovich gets his cash from Russia

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Anonymous April 23, 2010, 8:40 a.m.    

Majority of Ukrainians voted for Yanukovich as he openly campaigned on the issue of keeping the Black Sea Fleet in Crimea. Now what else?

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Anonymous April 23, 2010, 7:16 a.m.    

Who was a &quot;Nationalist&quot; the past 5 years? Poroshenko? Tymoshenko? Name 1, if True Patriots and Nationalists had power, The Russian fleet would have left in the Summer of 2005!!

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Anonymous April 22, 2010, 8:27 p.m.    

Hey Gene weren't you banned from forUm or was it because you were typing in the wring url: eng.for-ua instead of en.for-ua

LOL

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Anonymous April 22, 2010, 4:49 p.m.    

It is very heartening to see that Russia, Germany, Poland, Ukraine collaborating. Hopefully it will include Kazakhstan and Byelorus. The fabulous resources especially in Siberia should be exploited.

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Anonymous April 23, 2010, 12:54 a.m.    

Siberian resources are under Russian control ... what are you smoking?

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Anonymous April 22, 2010, 5:16 p.m.    

Get rid of Russia from Ukraine!! Yanukovich has no understanding of democracy. He is a bully and autocrat who is selling Ukraine back to the Russians. I can't stand it!!

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Anonymous April 22, 2010, 8:25 p.m.    

To the contrary I think Yanukovych has proven he is more democratic then Yushchenko ever was. Full support for the option of a referendum in the event that the parliament can not agree. After all that is the democratic way is it not.

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Anonymous April 23, 2010, 12:53 a.m.    

Yanukovich democratic? Now there's an oxymoron

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Anonymous April 23, 2010, 1:44 p.m.    

Yushchenko/Our Ukaine democratic? Now there's an real oxymoron

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Anonymous April 22, 2010, 8:21 p.m.    

An excellent idea. The referendum should also include Ukraine's membership of NATO.

Whats more important is that any new lease agreement removes the right of further extensions.

The terms of any renewed lease should also include the costs of any environmental rehabilitation and clean up of the site. Russia as the tenant should be required to lodge a deposit (In an international bank) to cover the expected costs of the clean up on expiration of the renewed lease. Access to the site should also be negotiated prior to the conclusion of the lease agreement for the purposes of Infrastructure renewal in accordance withe an established redevelopment plan in the final five years of the lease period.

The extension of the lease would give Ukraine a further 25 years to plan for the proper and orderly redevelopment of this site.

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Anonymous April 22, 2010, 8:39 p.m.    

One condition of a new lease is that Russia should not be allowed to station the new French-built Mistral ships there.

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Anonymous April 23, 2010, 1:25 a.m.    

This Saturday, April 24th, 10 am, a mass meeting of consolidated opposition and Ukrainian people to protest actions of president and party of regions - in Kiev, by Verhovnaja Rada.

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Anonymous April 23, 2010, 4:14 a.m.    

Western Ukraine and its imbecile backward diaspora are the only ones making a big deal about this. But as usual, they will look like fools when this is all over. Take Note: NATO does not have a problem with this agreement.

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Anonymous April 23, 2010, 6:58 a.m.    

Roosha doesnt have enough coastline on its own land to the East, that it cant store those heaps of rusting garbage? Along with those Gopnik sailors? At least they would be closer to home, and closer to the eye of Putingarbage.

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Anonymous April 23, 2010, 6:55 a.m.    

this is treating ukrainian people like idiots to pretend to discuss this issue after yanukovych has already signed deal - === this is dictatorship, not democracy

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Anonymous April 23, 2010, 8:37 a.m.    

Having a referendum is a 'dicatorship'?? hmmm... dubious thought.

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Anonymous April 23, 2010, 4:57 p.m.    

So you believe him? You think there will really be a referedum?

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Anonymous April 23, 2010, 5:03 p.m.    

He has little to lose and much to gain - i believe most of the people would support him in the referendum on fleet, Nato, and constitutional changes.

After 5 years of circus, things are finally starting to change and people desperately need this change and better lifestyles.

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Anonymous April 23, 2010, 1:43 p.m.    

Yeah just like Yushchenko's proposed Constitutional reforms

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