Admiral Kasatonov about the restoration of the Crimean base Donuzlav
“Such a base point for the Black Sea Fleet is necessary, the necessary forces will be deployed there. But this is a question of the next stage, after the 2020 of the year, ”said Kasatonov.
He recalled that "the Crimean base Donuzlav was in the system of the" big "Soviet Black Sea Fleet, whose ships were based in Poti and in Odessa." According to the admiral, "this system was built on the basis of the big tasks of the Warsaw Pact countries, and the fleet is very necessary."
“But now there is a very large neglect, as in Ukraine, the money for the maintenance of the readiness of the base was practically not allocated. It is necessary to make major repairs, but now there is no big relevance. It will then be developed, everything will be restored, now the planned work is under way, which is led by the commander of the Crimean base, ”said Kasatonov.
Referring to the topic of returning warships to Ukraine, he noted that the equipment will be transferred to the neighboring state after the normalization of relations.
The transfer of warships was suspended by Russia in 2014 after Kiev began a military operation in the Donbas. We are talking about ships that require repair and are now at the base of Donuzlav.
“The ships will be returned when normal relations between Kiev and Moscow are restored. We have a whole return program. This is not only ships, but also other equipment, weapons, including Tanks. Nobody is going to keep them there, ”Kasatonov said.
- AP Photo / Pavel Golovkin
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