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    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych congratulated each other on the simultaneous ratification of a Russian naval base deal on Tuesday, the Kremlin's press service reported.

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych congratulated each other on the simultaneous ratification of a Russian naval base deal on Tuesday, the Kremlin's press service reported.

    During the telephone conversation, Medvedev and Yanukovych also discussed bilateral relations and the Russian leader's visit to Ukraine on May 17-18.

    Earlier on Tuesday, the Russian and Ukrainian parliaments simultaneously ratified a deal extending the lease on a Russian naval base in the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol for 25 years after the current lease expires in 2017. In return, Ukraine will receive a 30% discount on Russian natural gas.

    The debate in the Ukrainian parliament saw chaotic scenes, with brawls and eggs thrown at the speaker by opposition lawmakers.

    MOSCOW, April 27 (RIA Novosti) 

     

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