Ukraine imposes new restrictions on Russia’s Black Sea fleet

Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko responded again to the Georgian crisis stating, “We stand in solidarity with the democratically-elected leadership of Georgia. Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected.” 
While Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko signed a decree imposing new restrictions on Russia’s Black Sea fleet, which is based in the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol. 

The restrictions included a requirement that the Black Sea fleet seek the permission of Ukraine’s armed forces at least 72 hours prior to ships or aircraft crossing the Ukrainian border, said the decree. If Russia does not fulfill the new requirements, Ukraine may demand that naval ships and aircraft of the Black Sea fleet leave Ukraine’s territory immediately, according to the decree. 
The move ratcheted up tensions between Russia and Ukraine, which has given political support to Tbilisi during Russia’s military conflict with Georgia. However, the Ukrainian president’s decree will not apply to the ships of the Black SeaFleet currently off the coast of Georgia.

2 thoughts on “Ukraine imposes new restrictions on Russia’s Black Sea fleet

  1. Let me tell you even more… Recently Yuschenko has signed the order to stop providing the Missile Threat Notification service to Russia, that has been active since 1992. It was sorta system notifying the missile threat coming from Europe to Asia (in other words – from Europe to Russia). Russia paid some money that weren’t even enough to supply the needs of this system. And now Yuschenko is ready to propose this service to any European country, so the system will now notify any threat coming from Russia to Europe. I’m so glad that we’re becoming closer to Europe, and the more I’m glad that we’re doing so together with Georgia.
    As for the Black Sea fleet, I envy Georgians, because if Ukrainians had the president like Saakashvili, there would never be even a single Russian ship in Black Sea.

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