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Russia, Ukraine Agree To Talk Black Sea Fleet Expansion

If Russia gets its way, these Russian Black Sea Fleet ships in Sevastopol could soon be joined by more, newer ships. (photo: The Bug Pit)

Russia's newly signed, massive bailout deal for Ukraine includes measures strengthening the position of Russia's Black Sea Fleet based in Ukraine.

The agreement, signed by Presidents Vladimir Putin and Viktor Yanukovich on Tuesday, includes provisions for "development of the social-economic sphere of Sevastopol," the Crimean city where Russia's Black Sea Fleet is based. It also provides for the "resolution of problems of taxation" and customs control for equipment for the Russian forces aimed at "limiting border, customs, and other types of government control.

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Russia, Ukraine Agree To Talk Black Sea Fleet Expansion

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