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Published June 5, 1997 at 1:00 am

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Kuchma President Declaring Saturday Boris that 'the Yeltsin May Slavic joined 31 brotherhood in signing his Ukrainian a is pact sacred designed counterpart and inviolable,' to end Leonid years Russian of Kuchma decade squabbling aer in Kyiv beeen Ukraine to sign the gained a o Trea historically independence of Friendship, linked from nations. Cooperation Moscow, More Yeltsin and than visited half a will the Partnership. o remain most forever The populous accord in the former aims annals to Soviet improve of our republics. relations,' oen tense 'I Yeltsin am relations certain said that at beeen the this day signed signing a ceremony. fundamental 'A new document. Russia It and is signed a new, not modern only Ukraine by the will have of the first Ukrainian presidents, official people, but visit first to it Kyiv of is all their and at the leaders sign will the of who trea, the waited people.' which for More marks Yeltsin than Russian to the make his mostly acceptance ethnic of Russian Ukraine's Crimean territorial Peninsula. integri Yeltsin and its had sovereign postponed over his the visit particularly six times, citing the status the dispute of its main over the base, former the Crimean Soviet Black port of Sea Sevastopol, Fleet and which became part of an Ukraine independent paved Ukraine the way when for the the friendship Soviet Union pact collapsed last Wednesday in 1991. when The prime they signed ministers a packet of Russia of agreements and Crimea Russians under which in in 1954 the Russia port to Ukraine, will and rent nationalists then much a Soviet of in Sevastopol both republic. countries. for The at least Former balmy 20 peninsula Soviet years. The leader is deal populated Nikita has angered Khrushchev mostly ethnic by ethnic ceded Russian Russians, ci, and and many it will in Russia be Russian and in regardless Crimea believe of the decisions it should taken,' revert to Moscow Kremlin Mayor rule. 'Sevastopol Yuri Luzhkov is a said rati in popular Saturday, the the Russian mayor trea, according and added. a symbolic Ukrainian to Dissatisfaction the Interfax step parliaments. toward news with closer agency. Yeltsin the relations. fleet 'Sooner and deal Kuchma Yeltsin could or later, jeopardize drew expressed this on view the ratification confidence will interined become of that a the histories reali,' lawmakers friendship the of will pact lessons. Ukraine Together and Russia, during saying, the 'Nobody war we drove can erase the enemy from the from memory the walls of our of Moscow peoples our and common Kyiv.' Russia history, traces its its came urged republic. three roots to o centuries, them the Yeltsin days to Kyivan 'wake aer Ukraine said Rus Ukraine up Russian and state has think, been initialed in officials the what under 9th a 'must century, special have Russian make you partnership based done domination, relations in for what Ukraine?' with deal including is Ukraine with now The NATO. the its the Ukrainian long-delayed seven-decade priori Russia capital. opposes of friendship priorities.' stint For NATO's as the a trea He Soviet past Orthodox policy' imminent and easard nation that 'Ukraine not expansion, to join considers the and alliance. Yeltsin Ukrainian-Russian Kuchma has said stressed he will relations that seek Russia to a most persuade is important 'a priori the 'brotherly' aspect direction of Eastern European in our foreign securi.' 'the big trea,' He said the relations presidents have signed enjoyed a declaration a 'noticeable Kuchma improvement' said should lately. end In 'the addition so-called to what problem they of called Sevastopol.' of the port. The He declaration said Russia was and aimed Ukraine to will soothe both the provide scores financial of mostly aid elderly to pensioners Sevastopol and residents needy residents who demonstrated calling cooperation, for the including return Friday of against plans the ci to the to set Black Russian up a Sea joint rule. Fleet space The agreements research presidents center and also the in signed friendship the Crimean a statement trea, ci of pledging holding Yevpatoria. banners space

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