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Russia's FM notifies Ukraine embassy of plans to scrap some agreements on Black Sea Fleet

MOSCOW, March 28. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Foreign Ministry has issued a note to the Ukrainian embassy in Moscow notifying it of plans to terminate the legal effect of a number of agreements on the Black Sea Fleet, a spokesman for the ministry said.

“March 28, Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent a note to the Ukrainian embassy in Russia where it informed the Ukrainian officials of Moscow’s plans to terminate an agreement between Russia and Ukraine on the parameters of division of the Black Sea Fleet, an agreement on the status and terms of deployment of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine, and an agreement between the Russian and Ukrainian government on reciprocal payments in connection with the division of the Black Sea fleet and deployment of the Black Sea Fleet units on the territory of Ukfaine that were signed May 28, 1997,” the spokesman said.

The same note mentioned a Russian-Ukrainian agreement on the deployment of the Black Sea Fleet in Crimea that was signed in Kharkiv April 21, 2010.

“Simultaneously, the note says the Russian side is prepared to hand over to Ukraine the military properties belonging to the Ukrainian Armed Forces and left behind in Crimea,” the spokesman noted.