The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

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| Editors: Igor S. Zonn, Andrey G. Kostianoy, Aleksandr V. Semenov

USA/USSR Maritime Boundary Agreement as of June 1, 1990

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24237-8_540
USA/USSR Maritime Boundary Agreement as of June 1, 1990 – was signed in Washington, United States, between the USSR and the United States. The Agreement on maritime boundaries in the Bering Strait envisages concessions of territory on the part of the USSR. The Agreement says that “the line described as the ‘Western boundary’ in Article 1 of the 1867 Convention … (meaning the Agreement on Sale of Russian Alaska to the United States) is the line of demarcation of maritime space” between the USSR and the United States. The Agreement elaborated on this line and, besides, introduced notions of “Eastern special region” and “Western special region.” The US Congress ratified this Agreement in 1991. The Supreme Soviet of the USSR refused to ratify the document on the territorial concession to the United States. Having made sure that Moscow would not be forced into ratification, heads of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs E. Shevardnadze and the US Secretary of State J. Baker, in breach of...
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