President Yushchenko imposes restriction on Russian ships

17:58, 13 August 2008
Politics
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Now they  need permission to return

Ukraine`s president says Russian navy ships that were deployed to the Georgian coast will need authorization to return to the base Russia leases from Ukraine, according to AP.

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.

Yushchenko`s announcement is certain to further strain ties between the Kremlin and pro-Western Ukrainian government.

Under a 1997 lease agreement, Russia`s Black Sea Fleet is permitted remain in the port of Sevastopol through 2017, but Ukrainian officials have said they want it out after that

AP, GMAnews

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