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 first group of trucks with Russian humanitarian aid for eastern Ukraine has crossed the Ukrainian border and has begun moving through the Luhansk region, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Friday.