Estonia does not plan to ratify border treaty with Russia

Source : 112 Ukraine

we would not move forward with the ratification of the border treaty, - Speaker of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas
17:30, 7 January 2020

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The ruling coalition of Estonia does not intend to give progress to the ratification of the state border agreement with Russia, signed in 2014. Speaker of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas stated this in an interview with ERR.

"The position of the (government) coalition is that we would not move forward with the ratification of the border treaty," Henn Põlluaas assured.

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Answering the question of what Estonia should do if Russia ratifies the border treaty first, Põlluaas said that in this case, nothing needs to be done.

"Nothing should be done. Undoubtedly, we should not ratify it. If we conclude a new border treaty and abandon those territories (Ivangorod and Pechora region that were transferred to Estonia under the Tartu Peace Treaty of 1920), this will have huge legal consequences. First, we will cancel the Tartu Peace Treaty. In this regard, our succession will also be canceled, which means an automatic change in the composition of our citizens, etc. This is an extremely dangerous path," the speaker of the Estonian parliament said.

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The border treaty between the Republic of Estonia and the Russian Federation was signed on February 18, 2014. The agreement was signed by Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov. The first reading of the bill on ratification of border agreements took place in the Riigikogu on November 25, 2015. Russian State Duma has not ratified the bill on this treaty in the first reading yet.

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