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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pact on Fleet Expected

MOSCOW () -- The presidents of Russia and Ukraine said they planned to sign a new agreement soon on the Black Sea Fleet that would settle its disputed future.

"We are determined to conclude talks on the Black Sea Fleet as soon as possible and to sign an agreement which will fully meet the interests of the fraternal Russian and Ukrainian nations," said President Boris Yeltsin and Ukraine's newly elected President Leonid Kuchma in a joint statement reported by Itar-Tass on Sunday.

The dispute over ownership of the 800-vessel fleet is one of several which have troubled relations between Russia and Ukraine since the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991.