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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

No Accord on Fleet

MOSCOW () -- Ukrainian and Russian leaders failed Friday to reach accord on the long-disputed Black Sea Fleet in the latest round of talks, but both sides insisted they were committed to finding a solution.

"This issue is extremely important to us, and we have all the grounds for solving it," Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov said after two days of talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Hennady Udovenko.

Udovenko said, "We understand the Russian position on its presence in the Black Sea, and Ukraine will do nothing contrary to Russian security interests." He hailed his talks in Moscow as "quite satisfying," Interfax said.

But President Boris Yeltsin's aide Dmitry Ryurikov said the two sides made "no advances" toward settling the future of the fleet.