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Yanukovich defends Russian naval base deal

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Yanukovich defends Russian naval base deal


“Nothing unexpected” is how Ukraine’s president described the day’s events in parliament.

Speaking during a visit to Strasbourg, where he attended a Council of Europe session, Viktor Yanukovich defended the deal to extend Russia’s lease.

“The decision has been made within the framework of the Constitution and it will be implemented. Democracy is discipline,” he said.

But in response Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko made it clear that for her the deal is a betryal of Ukraine’s national interests: “It’s the first step, it’s Sevastopol, after that without doubts if these gangsters will be allowed to continue with their policy, Crimea will follow, it is a black page today because Ukraine started to lose its independence.”

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