Ukraine's Constitutional Court still fails to cancel Black Sea Fleet Agreement — MP Ariev
MP Volodymyr Ariev says that the issue of canceling the 2010 agreement with Russia on the Black Sea Fleet hasn’t yet been considered by Ukraine's Constitutional Court
He said this on Espreso TV.
"We have a petition to Ukraine's Constitutional Court to cancel the Black Sea Fleet agreement. I would divide this issue into a political and a legal component. From a political point of view, any basing of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Crimea is out of the question. A lot of agreements with Russia were denounced during this term of the Verkhovna Rada. However, the issue of canceling the agreement on the Black Sea Fleet is still pending in the Constitutional Court. If the Constitutional Court makes a decision, it will be unambiguous. Therefore, it remains an open question what decision the court will make," Ariev said.
The lawmaker reminded that the vote on the approval of the Black Sea Fleet agreement had a number of violations.
"Now there are different opinions on this issue. I have even heard that there are those who defend the ratification procedure of this agreement. As a participant in the events of 2010, I can say that absolutely everything was violated then. At first, there were not enough votes even to register a proposal for this agreement. In addition, the voting on the Kharkiv agreements was not personalized, but massive, which contradicts the Constitution of Ukraine. That is, there are more than enough formal grounds for the Constitutional Court to denounce this agreement," he added.
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