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Justice minister of Ukraine Olena Lukash asked justice minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Konovalov to contribute to legal solving the issue of Ukrainian fisherman Oleksandr Fedorovych, who was detained by Russian border guards in the Sea of Azov. This was reported in the press service of the Justice Ministry of Ukraine.
In a letter to Konovalov, Lukash indicates that Ukraine and Russia have not yet demarcated waters of the Sea of Azov, and therefore it can not be assumed that the detained fisherman violated Russian laws.
According to the Agreement between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on the Ukrainian-Russian border, the Agreement between Ukraine and the Russian Federation on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait historically are internal waters of Ukraine and the Russian Federation.
It should also be noted that Ukraine and the Russian Federation have no agreement on the delimitation of the maritime boundary of the Azov Sea.
The exclusive economic zone and continental shelf of the Russian Federation in the Sea of Azov is also not defined, since there are no Ukrainian-Russian agreements on the delimitation of spheres of economic influence of Ukraine and Russia in the Sea of Azov.
"Therefore, the incident should not be seen as arising within the territorial sea of the Russian Federation and the administrative borders of the Russian Federation border control. As a result, there are no facts of committing criminal act in the Russian Federation," justice minister of Ukraine notes.