Ukraine, Russia to discuss Black Sea Fleet
By end of September
Moscow and Kyiv will discuss the issue of Russia`s Black Sea Fleet base in Ukraine by the end of September, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday, according to RIA Novosti."Talks on the presence and function of Russia`s Black Sea Fleet, as well as disputes over the Kerch Strait, will be held in Kyiv in late September," Andrei Nesterenko said.
Russia is set to leave the Sevastopol base when the current lease agreement expires in 2017.
Russia`s naval base in the Crimea currently has 50 warships and patrol boats, along with around 80 aircraft, and employs coastal defense troops.