Ukraine may accept Russian naval presence:
Russian naval bases likely in UkraineThe Hindu – May 14, 2010
Russia plans to open naval bases in Ukraine in response to NATO’s eastward expansion, military sources have said.
Ukraine may agree to the re-opening of a Soviet-era submarine base in the Crimea and the establishment of three naval bases on Black Sea coast, said the Nezavisimaya Gazeta quoting Russian military sources.
Russian-Ukrainian relations have dramatically improved after pro-Western President Viktor Yushchenko, who had led the 2004 “orange revolution” was ousted in presidential elections earlier this year.
Putin Throws Weight Behind Rival Black Sea Base
Moscow Times – May 10, 2010
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has toured the construction site for Russia’s own naval base in the Black Sea on a trip that emphasized the government’s commitment to consummate the $3 billion project despite securing a longer lease for the base in Ukraine…
Russia will continue with its backup plan even after Ukraine’s new, more Moscow-friendly President Viktor Yanukovych agreed last month to let the Russian warships stay in Sevastopol through 2042, a Cabinet spokesman said Monday. http://www.themoscowtimes.com/business/article/putin-throws-weight-behind-rival-black-sea-base/405679.html
It is not just expansion of NATO, but the European Union eastward that concerns Russia.
Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovich indicated he wanted better ties with Russia when he campaigned (Yanukovich To Be Ukraine President and Invited to Moscow) and this may strengthen the ties he wants, presuming that he goes along with this.
Biblically (because of prophecies involving the Medes and some in the “north and east” in Daniel 11:44), it would seem that Russia would be closer to Ukraine in the end. And that Ukraine would be closer to Russia than Europe. Naval bases would be an important step in that direction.
Some articles of possibly related interest may include:
Russia: Its Origins and Prophesied Future Where do the Russians come from? Is Ukraine in prophecy? What is prophesied for Russia and its allies? What will they do to the Europeans that supported the Beast in the end?
Is Russia the King of the North? Some claim it is. But what does the Bible teach?
Europa, the Beast, and Revelation Where did Europe get its name? What might Europe have to do with the Book of Revelation? What about “the Beast”? Is an emerging European power “the daughter of Babylon”? What is ahead for Europe?
Who is the King of the North? Is there one? Do biblical and Roman Catholic prophecies point to the same leader? Should he be followed? Who will be the King of the North discussed in Daniel 11? Is a nuclear attack prophesied to happen to the English-speaking peoples of the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand? When do the 1335 days, 1290 days, and 1260 days (the time, times, and half a time) of Daniel 12 begin? When does the Bible show that economic collapse will affect the United States?