Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Ukraine, Russia military mull joint housing construction in Crimea

The Ukrainian and Russian Defense Ministries are studying joint housing construction in Crimea for military men of the two countries, Ukrainian Defense Minister Pavlo Lebedev has said.

"The social issue of joint participation in housing construction for Ukrainian and Russian military men, first of all, on the territory of military housing areas, which military men left, was discussed," he said at a briefing at the Desna military training center in Chernihiv region, commenting on the results of his meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoygu.

The minister said that there are many vacant military housing areas in Crime and Sevastopol, and he said that houses should be built there.

Lebedev added that this could be done via the attraction of private investment, creation of jobs and provide military men with apartments.

The minister said that Ukraine has raised the issue of pensions for military men.

"Ukraine has raised the issue that if Russian military men who were transferred to the reserve and have the desire to live in Ukraine, thyme have a chance to receive pensions on the territory of Ukraine," he said.

Lebedev noted that the issue is a procedural one and Russia has similar agreements with Germany, Israel and other countries.

"For Ukraine this is a chance to attract funds to Ukraine. The money will be left in the country and will develop infrastructure and other projects in Ukraine. The main thing is that people will live comfortly and they will not have to go to Russia once in three months

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