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Prime Minister of Estonia jüri Ratas said that the country recognizes the existing border with Russia. About it reports TASS.
According to him, Tallinn and Moscow have reached a consensus on this issue. “Estonia has already started to build a border with Russia along the current control line”, — said Ratas.
“Of course, the Tartu peace Treaty is very important for Estonia. But at the same time, we live in 2019 and needs to understand reality and our priorities today,” he said.
Last week the Minister of internal Affairs of Estonia, Chairman of the Conservative people’s party (EKRE), Mart Helme, said that Russia still has not returned to Estonia at 5.2 per cent of the territory. Helme added that Estonia is not going to war with Russia and ready to wait for resolution of this issue in the framework of international law.
According to the Tartu Treaty between Soviet Russia and Estonia of 2 February 1920, this land belonged to Estonia. But after the country became part of the Soviet Union in 1940, these territories withdrew from the Federation. The Russian foreign Ministry repeatedly stated that the Tartu peace Treaty became invalid after the entry of Estonia into the USSR.
In 2005, the line of the Estonian-Russian border was agreed on after nearly 11 years of negotiations. He was then signed a border Treaty, but after its ratification in the Estonian Parliament included in the preamble a mention of the Tartu peace Treaty. In these circumstances, Moscow recalled its signature and the process of harmonization of the border remained legally incomplete.
The talks resumed in late 2012. In February 2014, the agreement was signed by the foreign Ministers of Estonia and Russia, after which it needs to be ratified by the parliaments of both countries. Representatives of the ANC has repeatedly opposed the ratification of the Treaty in its current form, arguing that the border should be in accordance with the Tartu Treaty.
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