ROSTOV-ON-DON - The foreign ministers of Ukraine and Russia have supported the speedy completion of the delimitation of the Azov and Black Seas and the Kerch Strait. "We have confirmed the importance of the speedy completion of the maritime delimitation in the Azov and Black Seas and the Kerch Strait," Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara said at a press conference after a meeting of the subcommittee on international cooperation of the Russian-Ukrainian interstate commission in Rostov-on-Don on October, 28, Kyiv Post informs. He said that the settlement of this issue would help to develop the activity of Ukraine and Russia in these waters and avoid tragic incidents, including the one that occurred in the Azov Sea on July, 17, 2013. Kozhara said that work was also continuing on the demarcation of the Ukrainian- Russian border. As reported earlier, four Ukrainians died, as a result of a collision of a fishing launch with a motorboat of the Russian border guards in the Azov Sea at the coast of the Russian village of Vorontsovka on July, 17. A criminal case against the surviving fisherman is being investigated in Russia. The Russian law enforcement authorities have already charged the Ukrainian national under Part 3, Article 256 of the Russian Criminal Code (illegal fishing). To be noted, the length of the maritime border between Ukraine and Russia is 321 kilometers.

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