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Ukrainian President Wants Border Compromise With Russia

Ukrainian President Yushchenko (file photo) Kyiv, 4 May 2005 (RFE/RL) -- President Viktor Yushchenko said in Simferopol on 4 May that he has proposed to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to settle all problems in the delimitation of the Ukrainian-Russian border until the end of this year, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reported.

According to Yushchenko, Moscow must recognize the administrative border separating the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic and the Russian Federative Soviet Socialist Republic in the Kerch Strait during the Soviet times as the new state border between independent Ukraine and Russia. "We are ready to compromise on the border line across the
Azov Sea in exchange for Russia's clear-cut position regarding the border in the Kerch Strait," Yushchenko said.

President Yushchenko also said in Simferopol on 4 May that the deployment of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol until 2017 is regulated by the so-called "big agreement" between Ukraine and Russia and that his government does not intend to review this accord, Interfax reported. At the same time, Yushchenko noted that Russia has not yet met some commitments under the "big agreement."

"Until today, Russia has not transferred the navigation system infrastructure in the Crimean Peninsula to the Ukrainian side," Yushchenko said, adding that this concerns 170 navigation-system facilities.

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