The diplomat noted that boundary settlement will not affect traveling of citizens of both countries. According to him, the question of demarcation of the state border between Russia and Ukraine was discussed recently at the meeting of Russian-Ukrainian demarcation commission in Donetsk. "After development and agreement of all necessary documents we will start practical boundary settlement. We expect it to be finished in spring-summer of this year," he said.
Karasin added that the issue of the sea border in Kerch Strait and Azov Sea remains unsettled. "Kyiv insists that an administrative border was settled in Kerch Strait between former Ukrainian and Russian republics of the USSR. In 1999 Ukraine settled the so-called guarding line of the state border. In its turn, Russia insists that administrative borders between former USSR republics were never settled, as there are no legitimate documents to prove the existence of the border line in Kerch Strait and Azov Sea. Hence, Russia proceeds from the Agreement on cooperation regarding the usage of Kerch Strait and Azov Sea of 2003, according to which this water area is common national waters of both Russia and Ukraine," the official summed up.
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