Russian officials informed the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine that all necessary procedures for implementation of the Ukrainian-Russian Border Demarcation Agreement are now complete. The countries signed the Agreement in May during President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to Ukraine. In July, Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) ratified the Agreement, and President Viktor Yanukovych signed the law “On ratification of the Agreement between Ukraine and Russian Federation on Demarcation of Ukrainian-Russian State Border”. A joint committee on demarcation will be created to mark the border. The issue of the Ukrainian-Russian border has been open since the the first days of Ukraine's independence. Ukraine considers the Agreement to be an important step towards strengthening its sovereignty and an indication of a new development in the countries’ relations.