18.11 | 10.16 China likely to buy Ukraina cruiser|
Ukraine offered China to buy cruiser "Ukraina". The agreement can be signed during Ukrainian President's visit to China.
The offer to buy "Ukraina" cruiser was received by Chinese Defense Ministry at the International Airsalon "Airshow China-2002", that took place in Chzhuhai (China) on November 3-7, - the first deputy head of Ukrainian State Committee for Defense-industrial Complex issues, Oleg Uruskiy said at the press conference, UNIAN reports.
"China meet the offer positively and we hope to come to specific agreement on November 18, during Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma's visit to China", - O. Uruskiy asserted.
As we have reported earlier, Ukrainian Prime Minister Anatoliy Kinah said, that the problems of the "Ukraina" future would be solved on presidential level – between Ukrainian and Russian presidents. Ukraine cannot sell the cruiser by itself, as Russia invested a lot of intellectual resources in the "Ukraina" building. So, there were two variants of the cruiser selling – either it would be bought by Russia or Russia and Ukraine would finish the cruiser building and it would be sold to the third part.
The cruiser is finished for 95%, but Ukrainian Defense Ministry doesn't have enough funds for building finishing – nearly 100 million hryvnas are needed. The official President's decree for building finishing was signed on November 17, 1998. In October 2000 Mylolaiv Shipbuilding plant and Ukrainian Defense Ministry signed contract for "the ship maintanence" only.