People In Crimea Protesting Over Ukraine's Pro-NATO Plans

SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine -- US destroyer Porter, which called into the port of Sevastopol Friday, was met by a picket of people protesting over Ukraine's plans to join NATO.

DGG 78 USS Porter

"Say No To NATO", "Say Yes To CIS Common Economic Space", read the posters that the protesters had brought to the port.

"We won't let anyone turn our city into a NATO base or ourselves into its attending staff," a protester said.

The press center of Ukraine's Naval Force said the Porter will stay in Sevastopol until February 20. Its commanding officers will make a visit to the Main Staff of Ukrainian navy, where they will be received by Vice-Admiral Ihor Knyaz, the Ukrainian navy commander, and Sevastopol Mayor Sergei Ivanov.

Next Monday, the Porter and the Ukrainian flagship Slavutich will go out to sea for joint maneuvering.

Source: Itar-Tass