Russia's Black Sea Fleet remains in Ukraine's Sevastopol · 2010-04-27 17:04
Both the Russian State Duma and the Ukrainian parliament have ratified the agreement extending the presence of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine after 2017 for another 25 years.
Russian parliamentarians have expressed their support for the deal with 410 votes.
Despite opposition's attempts to block the decision a total of 236 Ukrainian parliamentarians supported this decision on Tuesday, RT reports.
Ukrainian opposition lawmakers have tried to block the deal to extend the lease of the naval base saying it betrays the country's national interests, a position that Russia' Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has found surprising.
The Russian State Duma adopted in the third reading on Friday a law banning the propaganda or public demonstration of symbols of organizations that collaborated with Nazis or are in denial of the rulings made at the Nuremberg Trial.
Russia is ready to cooperate with the Ukrainian authorities and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on humanitarian aid delivery to southeastern Ukraine, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin said Friday.