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"Ukraine in full control of Tuzla dispute"
October 28, 2003
RIA Novosti

Posted by HW on September 20, 2017

Full control
The Ukrainian government has full control of Kerch Strait developments, and is doing all it can to protect its country and nationals, Viktor Yanukovich, Ukraine's Prime Minister, told a government session on the Tuzla controversy and a Russian dam under construction in the disputed strait.

Unsolved issues
Routine work is on to settle the involved issues of Tuzla island, the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, said Mr. Yanukovich, as quoted for Novosti at the Cabinet press service.

Construction stopped
Ukraine has hit its principal target at the present stage - Russia has stopped dam construction, and the dispute has come to the negotiating table, stressed the Premier.

Inalienable
Ukraine sticks to its previous opinion: crossing the Kerch Strait is a Ukrainian-Russian frontier determined even in Soviet years, while Tuzla is Ukraine's inalienable part. As for the Sea of Azov, it can receive the status of Ukraine's and Russia's inland water reservoir only if the two countries demarcate their frontier on the water surface not bottom, he pointed out.
The session ordered Ukraine's Ministry of Environment Protection to join hands with Russia for ecological expertise of Tuzla dam blueprints.

Soon to be ready
The Prime Minister ordered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to attract relevant agencies to analyses of issues related to developments round Tuzla, and be ready with the job by October 30, when Igor Ivanov, Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, debates the issue with the Ukrainian party.

Dam to disbalance Kerch Strait
If Russia finishes its dam, reaching from the Taman peninsula to Tuzla island, it will destroy biological and hydrological balance in the Kerch Strait, deems an expert commission of Ukraine's Ministry of Ecology. The team brought together 15 individual researchers and spokesmen of five research institutes, Ukrainian Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Sergei Polyakov told the media.

Fish migration
The dam will stop fish migration and block off the Sea of Azov from warm currents coming from the Black Sea through the Kerch Strait, warn the experts.
A current along Tuzla island has lately been gaining speed to wash off the shore, added the minister.

Expertise
Team conclusions have no status of expertise, acknowledges Mr. Polyakov. Proper expertise requires a long time and special research. The ministry will insist on setting up a joint Ukrainian-Russian ad hoc team to assess tentative environmental impact of the dam.

Bilateral ecological conclusion
Russia will certainly not resume above-water dam construction before a bilateral ecological conclusion, Mikhail Kasyanov, Russia's Prime Minister, said on an earlier occasion.
 
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