KYIV (QHA) - The Verkhovna Rada has refused to adopt a law on the denunciation of an agreement between Ukraine and Russia regarding the basing of the Russian Black Sea fleet in Crimea.
A total of 152 lawmakers voted for the law on Wednesday, with at least 226 votes required to take a positive decision, Ukrinform reported.
Thus, this bill was submitted by Batkivshchyna MP Volodymyr Yavorivskyi was rejected.
The opposition believes that the deal that extends the presence of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Crimea was signed and ratified contrary to Ukraine's national interests and therefore it poses a threat to the country's sovereignty and its territorial integrity.
In April 2010, Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement in Kharkiv, which extends the basing of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine after 2017 for 25 years with the possibility of extending the agreement for five-year periods by mutual consent. Ukraine, according to the agreement, received a $100 discount on the purchase of Russian gas.