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27 Aug, 2008 13:16

Ukraine tightens restrictions on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet

The Ukrainian government is demanding 72 hours notice each time Russia moves it’s Black Sea fleet from it’s Crimean base in Ukraine. A new law regarding the fleet’s movements has been passed in Ukraine.

The law covers ships as well as Russian plane movements over Ukraine. The information required covers personnel, time of departure and the destination port.

Russia says the law contradicts agreements made in 1997 between Moscow and Kiev, which determine the conditions under which the fleet could remain.

Russia’s Black Sea fleet has lease agreements in the port of Sevastopol until 2017.