Russian and Ukrainian experts failed to agree on the issues related to the Azov Sea and Kerch Channel demarcation. It was revealed by Russian Foreign Ministry Ambassador Valery Kenyaikin at the 25th round of Russian-Ukrainian experts’ groups’ negotiations.

“The approaches to the demarcation differ,” said Kenyaikin commenting the draft agreement on Russian-Ukrainian state border in the Azov Sea.

As Kenyaikin states, Russia adheres to the Kerch Agreement of 2003 signed by the Presidents of Ukraine and Russia. “All arrangements related to the issue should assist with development, but not revision of this document,” stressed Russian high official.

The head of the Ukrainian working group Anton Buteyko, in turns, proposed to insert some changes into the agreement: to consider Azov offshore water not as the internal waters but as an international law zone. If the proposal is approved by Russia, international experts will be invited to take part in the negotiations.

“Ukraine must admit that there are some deadlock moments hampering the negotiations on the demarcation. In Ukraine’s opinion, the concept considering Azov area of water as internal waters is the main deadlock of the issue,” said Buteyko.

“In our preliminary opinion, as far as it was verbal proposal, the issue is rather political than the technical one. It may complicate the negotiations and reach a deadlock,” opined Kenayikin.

Buteyko responds that the international experts’ help will no way limit the sovereignty of the countries but become an additional commentary in finding ways to compromise.


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