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Construction of Tuzla Dam suspended as tension grows
October 23, 2003
Glavred

Posted by HW on April 23, 2017

Kuchma in Tuzla
President Leonid Kuchma today arrived upon the Tuzla spit to study the situation. The President studied the location of the island and the preparation of the frontier troops, Kuchma's press service stated.
Transport Minister Heorhiy Kyrpa, Head of the State Frontier Service Mykola Lytvyn and head of Presidential Administration Viktor Medvedchuk have joined Kuchma on his visit.

Interrupted
According to earlier reports, Kuchma interrupted his visit to Latin America on October 22 due to the Tuzla conflict. On Monday, in a note sent to the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine, Russia demanded explanations on what grounds Ukraine insists on its sovereignty over the Tuzla spit.

Putin promises Kuchma to stop
President Leonid Kuchma had a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin yesterday night to discuss the issue of Russia's building its dam in the Kerch Strait, according to UNIAN.
According to President's press-secretary Olena Hromnytska, the presidents of two countries came to an agreement that Putin will request from the leadership of Krasnodar region of Russia to stop building the dam.

Moscow negotiations
Further, Kuchma and Putin have instructed their governments to carry out the negotiations on the issue of delimitation of Azov Sea and Kerch Strait water areas in Moscow this Friday.
When touching on the question of the dam building, Putin assured his Ukrainian colleague that Russian wasn't intent on violation of Ukraine's territorial integrity.

Construction suspended
Russian construction workers have stopped construction works at the dam stretching from the coast of Russia's Taman peninsula to the vicinity of Ukraine's Tuzla Spit, Serhiy Piddubny of the Azov and Black Sea department of the State Border Service announced.

Meeting expected
According to Crimean Prime Minister Serhiy Kunitsyn, governor of Russia's Krasnodar region Aleksandr Tkachev was expected to hold a meeting at the dam on Thursday.

109 meters
As of Thursday morning, the distance between the dam and the Ukrainian state border was 109 meters. The maritime border between Ukraine and Russia lies 250 meters away from the Tuzla spit.

No state of emergency
President Leonid Kuchma confirms that a state of emergency cannot be introduced in Ukraine owing to the conflict in the Kerch Strait. "That is absurd," Kuchma said at a press conference in Kerch, according to Ukrainian News.
In Kuchma's words, those speaking of the possibility of introduction of state of emergency in Ukraine are simply seeking to feather their nests on the conflict.
 
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