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    MOSCOW, December 26 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Navy Commander has called statements made by Ukrainian politicians about unscheduled inventory inspection of the Black Sea Fleet bases in Sevastopol and the Crimea unacceptable, the Navy press service said Monday.

    "The tone of such statements is unacceptable," the statement quoted Admiral Vladimir Masorin as saying. "It seems that they are aimed at questioning the ratified agreements on the Black Sea Fleet and avoiding implementing them."

    According to the statement, during the fifth meeting of a sub-committee on the Black Sea Fleet in 2003, the parties agreed to conduct an inventory inspection of the fleet's bases. On April 28, 2004, Ukraine signed a protocol establishing that Russia fulfilled its obligations on inventory checks of its facilities in Sevastopol and in the Crimea and, therefore, confirmed that the issue had been settled.

    "It is worrying that the current statements of some Ukrainian politicians about inventory checks are politically motivated and are often made without the knowledge of the subject in question," the statement said. "Such an interpretation of the issue is clearly destructive."

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