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Russia-Estonia border treaty to come into force despite Ukraine crisis — FM

September 17, 2014, 19:46 UTC+3 TALLINN
The treaty, signed this year, must still be ratified by the parliaments of both Russia and Estonia, which has joined NATO and the EU since the 1991 USSR collapse
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Estonian Foreign Affairs Minister Urmas Paet

Estonian Foreign Affairs Minister Urmas Paet

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TALLINN, September 17. /ITAR-TASS/. Latest developments in Ukraine should not prevent a long-awaited border treaty between Estonia and Russia from coming into force after more than 20 years of wrangling that reflected tension between Moscow and the Baltic state, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said on Wednesday.

The treaty, signed this year, must still be ratified by the parliaments of both Russia and Estonia, which has joined NATO and the EU since the 1991 USSR collapse.

“There has been not a single signal from the Russian side that the process may be suspended,” Paet said, noting that a bill to ratify the treaty had already passed the first reading in the Estonian parliament.

“The second reading and the final vote will take place only when Russia has at least launched the ratification procedure in its parliament,” he said, adding that the Russian government “had simply no chance to begin the proceedings yet” because of the summer recess.

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov signed a treaty setting the two countries’ border last February after repeated delays since 2005. Its ratification by both parliaments has been frozen since the Ukrainian crisis began.

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