Ukrainian Armed Forces to implement Yushchenko’s decree on Russian ships
General Staff head Kyrychenko states
The Armed Forces of Ukraine will implement the orders of President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko concerning restrictions of movement of the Russian Federation Black Sea fleet on the Ukrainian territory.
According to an UNIAN correspondent, Ukrainian General Staff head, army general Serhiy Kyrychenko claimed this today upon meeting with military attachés of foreign states accredited in Ukraine.
"The president`s decrees on the Black Sea fleet will, of course, be implemented on the territory of Ukraine," Unian news agency quoted Serhiy Kirichenko as telling a briefing. "The defence ministry and the general staff are among those state bodies responsible for this task."
He also informed that today the Defense Ministry held a session to work out concrete tasks and make decisions on this issue.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine`s president claimed Russian navy ships that were deployed to the Georgian coast will need authorization to return to the base Russia leases from Ukraine.
Viktor Yushchenko`s decree Wednesday requires Russia`s Black Sea Fleet to submit a request to return to its base in the Crimea 10 working days before its planned return.
The Russian navy squadron was deployed to Georgia`s coast as part of Russia`s onslaught on Georgia beginning last week.
Earlier on Thursday, Anatoly Nogovitsyn, the deputy head of the Russian General Staff, told a news conference in Moscow that the instructions of the Ukrainian authorities, which commissioned the Russian Black Sea Fleet to submit a request to return to its base in the Crimea, are not legitimate for the Russian Naval Forces. The news conference was broadcast live by Vesti24 television.
“We have only one Commander-in-Chief, the Russian Federation President, and all statements from abroad are not legitimate for us”, Nogovitsyn claimed.