Ukraine’s foreign minister: Presence of Russian fleet in Sevastopol not a problem

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Oct. 1, 2011, 2:09 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Russia's Black Sea Naval Fleet seen in this file photograph during a training excersise. (Courtesy)

Kyiv, October 1 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostiantyn Gryshchenko said that the Ukrainian foreign ministry does not see any problems in the long-term presence of Russia’s Black Sea Naval Fleet a the Sevastopol port at Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. “We don’t see problems in the presence of Russia’s Black Sea Naval Fleet at Sevastopol. They pay rent fees as many other fleets do in other places,” he said during an Sept. 30 evening appearance on the Shuster Live TV show.

The minister said that Ukraine obtains a discount for the signing of a contract on the prolongation of the staying of Russian Black Sea Naval in Sevastopol until 2042.
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