Yushchenko “locks” Russian ships in Crimea
The decree was signed today
President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko has adopted a procedure of movement of the Russian Black Sea Fleet units beyond its Sevastopol base.
The text of the Decree #705/2008 dated August 13, 3008, is posted at the official web site of the Ukrainian President.
The decree confirms and puts into actions the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine made on Wednesday, August 13, 2008. The NCDS noted that Ukraine lacked a clear mechanism for coordination of movements of BSF military men, ships, and aircraft beyond its Sevastopol base. As a result, an uncontrolled, without any coordination, movement of military units and military men of foreign states takes place, which does not correspond to the national interests of Ukraine, and poses a potential threat to lives and health of Ukrainian citizens.
Considering the NSDC resolution, the President, with his Decree, confirmed a procedure of coordinating BSF movements beyond its base with competent state bodies of Ukraine. Thus, BSF should seek a permission no later than 72 hours prior to any planned movements.