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Estonian and Russian Foreign Ministries Hold First Round of Border Treaty Consultations

31.10.2012

No 387-E

Consultations between the foreign ministries of Estonia and Russia on the topic of the Estonia-Russia border treaties took place in Moscow today.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that the consultations that took place in Moscow were constructive. “We both desire the same result – border treaties that satisfy both countries coming into force,” Paet noted. “The consultations will continue; a decision was made to hold the next round before the end of this year,” he added.

Paet said that the consultations are based on a proposal that the Riigikogu made to the government to hold consultations with the Russian side to conclude a border treaty that both sides can be satisfied with. “It is in Estonia’s interests to achieve this result because it is the norm in international relations to have a shared border established by a border treaty. Estonia and Russia should not be an exception in this matter,” he said.

“During these consultations there is no plan to make changes to the border line included in the border treaties agreed upon in 1995,” Foreign Minister Paet added.

Estonia is being represented in the consultations by Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Lauri Bambus and Estonian Ambassador to Russia Jüri Luik.

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