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    KIEV, December 21 (RIA Novosti) - Ukraine will review its tariffs for the deployment of the Black Sea fleet in the Ukrainian autonomy of the Crimea, Ukrainian Economics and Trade Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Wednesday. Lawyers should review bilateral agreements on the deployment of the fleet, the minister said.

    He said a list of facilities the Black Sea fleet has on lease would be compiled. Representatives of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry will inspect all military equipment. The Ukrainian State Property Fund will handle culture.

    No one at the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has been available for comments. Foreign Ministry spokesman Vasiliy Filipchuk, who is the only person authorized to comment on the economics minister's statement, will return from a mission Thursday, a ministry representative said.

    Russia has so far paid a $98-million fee for the lease of its bases in the Crimea. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said December 14 that Ukraine had made no demands that Russia pay more before.

    "There is no ground for such negotiations, as the prices are fixed in a bilateral agreement valid until 2017," the minister said.

    He said Ukraine had not hinted at a rise in tariffs after 2017.

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