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MOSCOW, February 16 (Itar-Tass) — Ukraine should stop charging taxes on cargoes imported to its territory for the Black Sea Fleet's needs, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on Thursday.
Commenting on an article made public by Kommersant devoted to the meeting between the Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers, the ministry said, “The tax issue was discussed during the meeting. It was agreed that Ukraine should stop charging taxes on cargoes imported to its territory for the Black Sea Fleet needs because there is no legal foundation for this and because this is done in violation of the Ukrainian legislation,” the ministry said.
“In the past three years a total of one billion roubles have been charged. We believe that this should be stopped,” the ministry added.
“Ukraine did not raise any questions related to charging taxes on our facilities either before or during the meeting.” “We consider statements by ‘sources in the Ukrainian delegation’ unscrupulous. They do not correspond to the level of the meeting, which was held in a business-like and friendly atmosphere,” the ministry said.