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Ukraine withdraws border guards because there is no border
October 24, 2003
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Posted by HW on March 26, 2017

Withdrawal
Ukraine will withdraw border guards from Tuzla island, Russia will suspends construction of its dam untill the two countries agree on the status of the Azov-Kerch water area, Ukrainian Premier Viktor Yanukovych and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kasianov agreed at the talks on resolution of Tuzla crisis in Moscow, according to Ukrayinska Pravda.

"There is no border"
Today there is no border between Russia and Ukraine near the Tuzla spit and everything done based on the presumption that such a border exists is wrong and must be put to a halt, Kasianov said. Theoretically, we can reach an agreement on the border, but we refute any unilateral actions, all action in regard to the whole area of water must be solely bilateral, he said.

Examination
Moreover, the Russian prime minister reminded that there would be an environmental examination into whether the Tuzla spit must be restored in full or the current volume of the dam is enough. "If the arguments of the Ukrainian party win, the spit will become the border between our states," he pointed out. Further, Kasianov said he did not understand why an environmental measure had provoked such actions of the Ukrainian authorities.

Ukraine should pay too
"In fact, the construction of the dam must be financed from the national budgets of the two countries because it is a matter of ecological conditions in the Azov Sea," said Kasyanov. Kasyanov also pointed out that Ukraine and Russia are two sister nations that produced a lot of efforts to become closer. "We won't let the results achieved be washed away", he said

Integral part of Ukraine
Viktor Yanukovych, in his turn, claimed the island of Tuzla is an integral part of Ukraine and the actions of the Ukrainian party followed the unilateral decision of the administration of Russia's Krasnodar region. Asked by the agency if the negotiations may be regarded as a final solution of the Tuzla issue, Yanukovych said the decision has enabled creating an expert group to solve the existing problems. "The problems appeared long ago due to imperfect legislation of the two countries. We have stopped the development of events in Tuzla. There can be no other solution." he said. "All issues will be decided at the table of negotiations," Yanukovych added.
 
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