Ukraine: Russia must pay $100 million for the basing of the fleet in Crimea

Russia in accordance with the assumed until 2014 obligations obligation to pay Ukraine $100 million a year for stationing the black sea fleet in Crimea. This was stated by Deputy foreign Minister of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar in an interview with “UKRINFORM”.

“Russia unilaterally denounced the agreement on the basing of the Russian black sea fleet in Crimea. We believe that they must act, since the legal procedures were not followed, and the Russians violated international law by resorting to the attempted occupation of Ukrainian territory,” — said Bodnar.

during the stay of the Crimea as part of Ukraine Sevastopol was the main base of the Russian black sea fleet. The agreement, which provided for such a right for Russia, was signed in 1997 when Moscow and Kiev have finally agreed on the division of the black sea fleet of the USSR. The agreement was for 20 years (until 2017). Annually for the lease of naval bases Russia was paying Ukraine $of 97.75 million.

a New agreement on stay of Russian ships in Sevastopol and the payment of rent was reached during talks between Dmitry Medvedev and Viktor Yanukovych in 2010 (the Kharkiv agreement). Countries from 2017 was extended for 25 years the agreement on the basing of the fleet. The rent was set at $100 million a year.

In March 2014, after the annexation of Crimea to Russia, Moscow unilaterally denounced the agreement on the status of the black sea fleet.

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