Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said in an interview with the French edition of Le Figaro that the rent of the Russian Black Sea Fleet base in Sevastopol had been extended as Ukraine had no choice, UKRINFORM reported.

"The treasury was empty, the situation is worse than in Greece today, the cooperation with the IMF was suspended. Under these circumstances, we could not afford to fund the increase in tariffs imposed on us under the agreement signed by Tymoshenko. Then we turned to the Russian authorities, and the decision was found," Mykola Azarov said.

The Premier added that Ukraine reaffirms its commitment to partnership with Russia, while maintaining the focus on European integration. "I repeat that our path to European integration is our strategic choice. We share the democratic values of Europe. They are a guarantee of Ukraine's stable development," Mykola Azarov underscored.

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