27 Apr 2010

Sore Losers Cause Chaos in Parliament as Ukraine ratifies Fleet Deal

Chaos erupted in the Ukrainian parliament during a debate over the extension of the lease on the Russian Black Sea fleet.

The chamber's speaker had to be shielded by umbrellas after he was pelted with eggs by brawling politicians. But the debate continued and, despite the chaotic scenes, the debate continued and the deal was backed by 236 out of the chamber's 450 members, thus ratifying the lease extension.

Kiev has prolonged the lease on the Sevastopol base by 25 years in return for cheaper supplies of Russian gas as well as wide ranging co-operation on aircraft manufacturing, shipbuilding and nuclear power.

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