Russia Wants Ukraine to Justify Taxes on BSF Cargoes

first_img“Debates over taxation of cargoes delivered from Russia to Black Sea Fleet (BSF) have been lasting for years. According to international practice, goods of such kind delivered to a military base are not liable to taxes and customs clearance”, reports Interfax citing Russian ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov.According to him, that issue has been discussed by a special working group set for BSF functioning issues. “Within framework of that bilateral group, Russian officials ask Ukrainian counterparts to justify all taxations”, Zurabov said.Russia pays value added tax and customs fees on cargoes imported into Ukraine for Black Sea Fleet, added the ambassador.As for Zurabov, Ukraine has not presented any substantiation on Russia’s request.The Russian ambassador said the negotiations on that issue were going on. As for him, Russian side offered Kiev to settle “volume of payments by other means“, i.e. as additional payments which could be partially channeled for financing of, say, social sphere of Sevastopol but “not classify them as payments for products imported for Black Sea Fleet”.“Those talks are not over. They go on and seem to be close to compromise, taking into account discussion held by the two foreign ministers early this week“, concluded Zurabov.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 21, 2012 Russia Wants Ukraine to Justify Taxes on BSF Cargoes View post tag: Taxes View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia Wants Ukraine to Justify Taxes on BSF Cargoes View post tag: Justify February 21, 2012 View post tag: wants View post tag: Ukrainecenter_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: BSF Authorities View post tag: Russia View post tag: Cargoes Share this articlelast_img read more

USS Blue Ridge Docks at Garden Island, Sydney

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Sydney Training & Education Share this article Sydney was abuzz on Saturday, 13 July with the arrival of United States Navy, USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) docking at Garden Island, Sydney for a port visit.The command ship of the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet, the Blue Ridge with her 52 officers and 790 enlisted personnel, arrived in Sydney ahead of her scheduled participation in the biannual US Australia joint military exercise, TALISMAN SABER 2013.While in town, US 7th Fleet personnel will undertake a number of community relations events with area schools and hospitals.Commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Admiral Scott Swift said the visit shows the Australian and U.S alliance remains strong.“The Australian/U.S. alliance is as strong as ever and remains one of the most important in the world. I am encouraged by what our nations accomplish together every day. Our visits and exercise reaffirm that we are aligned in our view that a strong relationship between our militaries and countries is essential for maintaining maritime security throughout the region.”Commander Surface Forces, Commodore Jonathan Mead, said the Blue Ridge visit is a taste of things to come, with the first of the Royal Australian Navy’s Landing Helicopter Dock scheduled to arrive later this year.“Displacing at close to 20,000 tonnes, measuring 30 meters wide and almost as long as two football fields, the Blue Ridge is only slightly smaller than NUSHIP Canberra,” said Commodore Mead.“Our Landing Helicopter Docks come in at an impressive 230 meters, displace close to 28,000 tonnes when unloaded and the flight deck stands 27 meters above the water line.”“It’s great to welcome our American friends to Sydney,” said Commodore Mead.The USS Blue Ridge is a command and control ship and is forward deployed to Commander Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, Japan.  2013 marks the 70th Anniversary of the 7th Fleet – which was originally established in Brisbane in 1943.[mappress]Press Release, July 16, 2013; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Island View post tag: blue View post tag: docks View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defence View post tag: Garden View post tag: Ridge View post tag: At View post tag: Navy USS Blue Ridge Docks at Garden Island, Sydney View post tag: USS View post tag: Defense July 16, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Blue Ridge Docks at Garden Island, Sydney last_img read more