Russian fleet to never leave Crimea – Vice-Speaker of Russian Duma

15:43, 01 December 2008
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"Only a third of Ukraine may be independent..."

Vladimir Zhirinovskiy, vice-Speaker of the Russian State Duma and leader of LDPR party, claims that the RF Black Sea Fleet will never leave Crimea.

According to the UNIAN correspondent to RF, he said this speaking at a rally in front of the Ukrainian Embassy to Moscow.

“Don’t hope that BSF will ever leave Sevastopol. It is a Russian city, the Crimea is Russian, as well as the Eastern and Southern Ukraine”, V.Zhirinovskiy claimed.

He emphasized that only a third of the current territory of Ukraine may be independent. “If Ukraine wants to be an independent state, it must return to the territory, in which it entered the Russian empire – it is a third of the present-day Ukraine”, V.Zhirinovskiy claimed, adding that the rest of the Ukrainian territory is “Russian land”.

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