|Russia and Ukraine have agreed upon the maritime boundary
At a meeting in Yalta Russian and Ukrainian Presidents Vladimir Putin and Viktor Yanukovych signed a joint statement on the division of the maritime space in the Azov and the Black Seas. ITAR-TASS reported.
According to Vladimir Putin, the foreign ministries of both countries have reached an "agreement in principle" on maritime border delimitation" in the interests of the two states." However, Putin stressed that the statement signed by the Presidents is not a boundary treaty, but merely corroborates the basic principles of the future document that still requires legal elaboration for the signing thereafter.
It is not yet officially reported how the water are a will be divided in accordance with the existing agreements. Meanwhile, the RIA Novosti source in the Russian delegation, confirmed the earlier appeared information that Moscow recognizes the Tuzla and as the Ukrainian territory.
Negotiations on the delimitation of the maritime border line between Russia and Ukraine continue for several years already. Ukraine considers that the frontier should follow the administrative borderline between the former Soviet republics of the RSFSR and the USS.
Moscow, in turn, reckons that administrative borders between the republics in the inland waters of the USSR were not established and, accordingly, official documents fixing the dividing line of that time do not exist.
July 11edition of "Kommersant-Ukraine" has reported that the borderline in the Kerch Strait will follow the line as requested by Kiev. In particular, according to the publication, the island of Tuzla and the navigable channel of the Kerch-Yenikalsky will be recognized as the territory of Ukraine. The boundary in the waters of the Azov Sea, reported the publication, will follow the compromise route between the positions of the two countries.
Material has been prepared by the Centre of Geopolitical Studies with reference to the article from «Lenta.ru» of 11 07 2012.