Russian Black Sea Fleet Should Be Guarantor Of Ukraine Security

MOSCOW, Russia -- Speaker of the Ukrainian parliament Vladimir Litvin reckons that the Russian Black Sea Fleet should be a guarantor of Ukraine’s security. He expressed this opinion in an interview with the Russian Ekho Moskvy radio station.

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“Ukraine should not just live according to the principle ‘Russia or NATO’, but it should be guided by an idea of ensuring its own security,” Litvin claimed. “I shall not reveal a big secret if I say that the Ukrainian navy is a 100-percent junk. But it is necessary to defend our own water spaces,” the speaker continued.

“Besides, we have the 1994 Budapest Memorandum on guarantees of Ukraine’s security, which was signed by Russia apart from other countries, possessing nuclear weapons.”

In this connection, Litvin deems it expedient to sign “a document on guarantees of Ukraine’s security”, in compliance with which “the Russian Black Sea Fleet should fulfil functions of protection of Ukrainian water frontiers and act as one of guarantors of Ukraine’s security”.