New rules for Russian ships are not anti-Russian – Ukraine's SBU

14:13, 14 August 2008
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And correspond to interests of Ukraine

The decree of President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko and the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine on new rules of crossing the Ukrainian border for ships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet are not anti-Russian and correspond to interests of Ukraine.

UNIAN has learnt this from Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) spokes person Maryna Ostapenko.

In particular, she stressed that SBU and its acting chief Valentyn Nalyvaychenko had submitted to the state leadership their proposals concerning the necessity of clear, systematic, regular, and total supervision over the military units temporarily staying at the Ukrainian territory, in line with international regulations. The SBU proposals were reflected in the NSDC decision, the spokes person pointed out.

According to M.Ostapenko, SBU believes that Ukraine must be clearly informed about arms imported into its territory and the number of military men staying in Ukraine.

As UNIAN reported earlier, President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko restricted on Wednesday the movement of Russian Black Sea Fleet units beyond its Sevastopol base.

The text of the Decree #705/2008 dated August 13, 3008, was 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 NSDC 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.

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