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At a meeting with Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller on Thursday, April 3, Medvedev said he was planning to sign such a resolution following the termination of the agreement with Ukraine on the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
The State Duma on March 31 unanimously voted to terminate the agreement with Ukraine on the Black Sea Fleet.
On March 28, President Vladimir Putin submitted to the Duma the law terminating the agreement that set forth the terms of the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s stationing in Crimea, which used to be part of Ukraine but voted for secession from it in a referendum on March 16.
He stressed that Russia was ready to discuss with the Ukrainian government legal and financial issues that may arise in connection with the unilateral termination of the agreement by Russia.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev first mentioned the need to terminate the Black Sea Fleet agreement, which he had signed with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in 2010, at a meeting of the Russian Security Council on March 21, 2014. He said that Russia would sustain losses worth of 11 billion U.S. dollars in lost profits. “I think it would be legitimate to raise the question of compensation from the Ukrainian budget, which can be done in court in accordance with the provisions of the agreement,” Medvedev said.
“These are tough measures, of course, but on the other hand there is no document but there is the payment we made. And our Ukrainian partners should understand that one does not pay for nothing,” he added.