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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Anonymous Oct. 1, 2011, 2:22 p.m.    


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Anonymous Oct. 1, 2011, 4:54 p.m.    

If they march on the Ukrainian people

by invitation of the Ukey President,

is it a foreign invasion?

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Anonymous Oct. 1, 2011, 5:23 p.m.    

When that rusting fleet starts sinking and leaking oil, there will be a problem.

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Anonymous Oct. 1, 2011, 5:44 p.m.    


&quot;The presence of the Rashan Black Sea Fleet is a big problem.

Putler thinks that Yanukockroach is an idiot.

Putler thinks that Ukraine is not a country.

There is a military presence in Ukraine, and Putler does not want Ukraine to join the EU - that would prevent his imperial nazi-stalin ambitions from coming true.

So, yes, it is a very big problem.

Plus the rent they pay us is far less than they should be paying.

But, my buddies and I got enough bribes from Putler, so I will say only that they pay rent.&quot;

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Anonymous Oct. 2, 2011, 11:09 a.m.    

To say that the &quot;Presence of Russian fleet in Sevastopol not a problem&quot; is insanely delusional &quot;double-speak&quot;.

When any ships pass the Ukrainian lighthouses in UKRAINE - they see Russian flags, rather than UKRAINIAN flags. This should be a problem for any rational UKRAINIAN CITIZEN - whether they are a Ukrainian speaking citizen, or not.

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Anonymous Oct. 1, 2011, 6:40 p.m.    

The extension should have been for 10 years not 25 instead of discount a staus of forces agreement to cover costs of toxic cleanup,damage to property etc.

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Anonymous Oct. 1, 2011, 6:54 p.m.    

No problemo, just give up your soverignity for a few pocket full of gold for Yanu and his gang. besides the US navy could clear the Black Sea if and when they need to.

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Anonymous Oct. 1, 2011, 7:23 p.m.    

I guess Gryshchenko and the Foreign Minister also don't mind that Russia is giving their citizens, in the Crimea, Russian passports. This is a recipe for future disasters.

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Anonymous Oct. 1, 2011, 10:26 p.m.    

Of course it's not a problem for the mafia. The rental payments will keep their wallets well replenished!

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Anonymous Oct. 1, 2011, 10:38 p.m.    

There will be no EU membership for Ukraine as long as the Russian fleet stays on Ukrainian territory.This is one of the main conditions for joining the EU. When Yanukonvict signed this agreement, he was thinking of going with Russsia. He quickly reversed back to Europe when he realized that the Russians have no respect for him. They actually despise him and treats him for what he is. Brainless criminal!

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