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Ukraine: Parliament Requests Kuchma's Explanation On Fleet

Kyiv, 30 October 1996 (RFE/RL) -- The Ukrainian parliament has called on President Leonid Kuchma to explain the situation involving his talks with Russia on the Black Sea Fleet.

UNIAN news agency reports today that parliamentary speaker Alexander Moroz made the appeal to Kuchma yesterday. The leader of a Rukh parliamentary faction, Vyacheslav Chornovil, suggested that Kuchma address parliament at a closed session tomorrow. There was no immediate reaction from the president's office.

Kuchma last week held talks with Russian President Boris Yeltsin on the disputed fleet. The two leaders said after their talks that they had agreed on "all issues", but few details were made public at the time.

The two sides have announced deals in the past, but details have never been fully resolved and the fleet has remained a major irritant between the two countries.

Another round of talks on the fleet was to take place today in Sevastopol. Ukrainian and Russian delegations, led by First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Vasily Durdinets and Vice Prime Minister of Russia Valery Serov, arrived in Sevastopol yesterday.