We hardly negotiated on military-political issues, Head of a Russian delegation Grigoriy Karasin stated, after the Ukrainian-Russian negotiations on the Russian Naval Fleet's basement in Ukraine, “Cabinet’s press office” reported.
At a joint press conference with Deputy Foreign Minister Volodymyr Ohryzko, Grigoriy Karasin noted that the parties haven't agreed on several issues, albeit, keep on searching for possible solutions. According to Mr Karasin, the Russian party works toward provision of stability in the Pontic region, while its presence on the Ukrainian territory. It's too early, unfortunately, to speak about it, Mr Karasin noted.
The Head of the Russian delegation informed that working groups have already been commissioned to step up adjusting of a conflict with lighthouses, and stated his hope that 2007's meetings will involve discussion of expert's particular suggestions. Meanwhile, the Russian party cautioned against an illusion that all existing problems will be solved in the near future.
According to Grigoriy Karasin, the participants in the negotiations have successfully negotiated on ecological safety and environmental protection on the Russian Fleet's basement venues.
In turn, Volodymyr Ohryzko noted that certain problems still remain, however, he can notice a trace of progress.
Volodymyr Ohryzko also informed that the Russian Naval Fleet will remain on the territory of Ukraine until 2017, as this is predetermined by the agreement. The prolongation of the agreement was not put into a question. The Constitution of Ukraine doesn't envisage foreign military basements on the territory of Ukraine, the Ukrainian diplomat stressed.
The sub-commission's next sitting is slated for January 2007 in Moscow, Russia.
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