Denunciation of the agreement between Ukraine and the Russian Federation of 2003 on cooperation in the use of the Azov Sea and the Kerch Strait will not give Ukraine additional rights but only can lead to a new territorial dispute. Such an opinion was broadcast on the program of “Freedom of Speech” by Elena Zerkal, deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on European integration, reports Ukrinform.
“As for the agreement itself, it consists of 5 articles, one of these articles has never been implemented, namely, the delimitation of the Azov Sea was not realized. From the point of view of Ukraine’s additional rights, nothing will be received by denouncing an agreement with the Russian Federation on the Azov Sea. We can get a new territorial dispute with the Russian Federation on the delimitation of the Azov Sea”, she said. According to the deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the lawsuit of Ukraine to the Russian Federation is based on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, despite the fact that there was a bilateral treaty with the Russian Federation. “Indeed, this agreement, in my opinion, was illegitimate in terms of the International Maritime Convention, but the answer should be given by the tribunal, and we are waiting for this answer already next year”, she added.