President Petro Poroshenko has registered in the Verkhovna Rada a number of amendments to the Constitution, in particular concerning Russia’s lease of military bases in the occupied Crimea. On Monday, Irina Lutsenko, a parliamentary representative of Poroshenko, said at a meeting of the Verkhovna Rada’s Consultative Council, Ukrainska Pravda reports.

“It is proposed to exclude the provision, which provides for the use of existing military bases on the territory of Ukraine for the temporary stay of foreign military formations under lease terms in accordance with international treaties,” the document says.

According to her, these changes concern the consolidation in the Basic Law of the European and Euro-Atlantic direction of development of Ukraine.

Lutsenko explained that it means the presence of the Black Sea Fleet of Russia in the occupied Crimea.

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