Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu talked about Russia's linking the border treaty

Estonian Foreign Minister sees no prospects for ratification of border treaty with Russia


Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said on Thursday that ratification of the border agreement between this republic and the Russian Federation has no prospects at the moment because of disagreements on the Tartu Peace Treaty.

“Estonia, for the sake of ratifying the border treaty with Russia, should not abandon the principles of the Tartu Peace Treaty,” he said.

“The contract has an understanding about our illegal annexation, restoration of state independence, and not the creation of a new state,” the minister said. “For us, from the point of view of building a state, this is a conceptual understanding of our state, our past.”

“Given Russia’s linking the border treaty with the political conditions, the Estonian parliament does not see prospects for ratifying the border treaty,” the Foreign Minister summed up.

In May, Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas, answering a question from a TASS correspondent, said that Estonia recognized the existing border with the Russian Federation.  He added that although the Tartu Peace Treaty is “very important for Estonia,” “we live in 2019 and must understand the reality and our priorities today.”

Earlier, the head of the Estonian Ministry of Internal Affairs, chairman of the Conservative People’s Party, Mart Helme, said that Russia has still not returned 5.2% of Estonia’s territory.  Helme added that Estonia is ready to wait for the resolution of this issue within the framework of international law.  As TASS explained earlier to a Russian diplomatic source, the territories Helme is probably talking about include Ivangorod, as well as part of the Pechora region.  According to the terms of the Tartu Treaty concluded between the RSFSR and Estonia on February 2, 1920, these lands belonged to Estonia, but after it became part of the USSR in 1940, these territories were transferred to the RSFSR.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has repeatedly pointed out that the Tartu Peace Treaty ceased to be in force after Estonia joined the USSR.

Legally, the Estonian-Russian border does not yet exist.  The corresponding agreement, signed in February 2014 by the Estonian and Russian Foreign Ministers, was sent for ratification to the parliaments of both countries.

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