Ukraine is drawn into military conflicts without its will - Yushchenko

17:32, 12 August 2008
Ukraine
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The matter concerns Russian Black Sea Fleet

President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko calls a dangerous precedent the involvement of Russian Black Sea Fleet ships in military operations or in blocking the Black Sea water area.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, Victor Yushchenko claimed this in the Symferopol airport before leaving for Georgia on Tuesday.

“I’m concerned about the use of the Black Sea Fleet in military operations or in blocking the Black Sea water area. It is a dangerous precedent”, the Ukrainian President claimed.

According to him, because of such precedents, Ukraine is drawn into military conflicts without its will.

Victor Yushchenko stressed that the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine already expressed its stance on the issue: Ukraine insists on signing a document that would clearly regulate the involvement of the RF BSF deployed at the Ukrainian territory in military conflicts of third parties. According to the President, this issue will be discussed within frames of the sub-commission on BSF of the Inter-State Ukrainian-Russian Commission.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine warned Russia on Sunday it could bar Russian navy ships from returning to their base in the Crimea because of their deployment to Georgia`s coast.

Ukraine`s Foreign Ministry said the deployment of a Russian naval squadron to Georgia`s Black sea coast has the potential of drawing Ukraine into the conflict.

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