The deputies of the State Duma at the plenary session on June 1 will consider the presidential bill on the denunciation of the agreement with Ukraine on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait. The decision was made by the Council of the Duma, said a source in the apparatus of the chamber.
The document was submitted to the State Duma on May 24. The explanatory note to it says that as a result of the admission of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions to Russia, the situation around the Sea of u200bu200bAzov and the Kerch Strait has changed dramatically – the shores of these reservoirs now belong only to Russia.
The bill proposes to denounce the treaty due to the fact that “Ukraine has lost the status of a coastal state” in relation to the waters of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait. It is noted that the Council of the Duma included a bill on the denunciation of the treaty in the agenda of the plenary session on June 1.
An agreement with Ukraine on cooperation in the use of the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait was signed on December 24, 2003. It says that the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait are historically internal waters of the Russian Federation and Ukraine, the Sea of Azov is delimited by the state border line, and issues related to the water area of the Kerch Strait must be settled by agreement between the parties, the agreement says.
In February, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine withdrew from all agreements on cooperation with Russia in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait. In addition, the Ukrainian deputies denounced the agreement on participation in the creation of the Black Sea Naval Cooperation Group.
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