“The Estonian Parliament refused to withdraw the signature under the border Treaty with Russia

– The Estonian Parliament rejected a proposal to suspend the process of ratification of the Estonian-Russian Treaty on the state border and to withdraw the signature under the document.

The proposal was made by the parliamentary faction of the opposition Conservative people’s party of Estonia.

Voted for by nine parliamentarians against was 63. As the proposal has not passed the first reading, it was removed from further production.

In the draft resolution of the conservatives stated that “the Russian Federation still has not taken any steps to ratify and has repeatedly accused the Republic of Estonia in creating a hostile atmosphere.”

According to the authors of the initiative, the ratification of pogratulowac casts doubt on the continuity of the Tartu peace Treaty that would legalize the ongoing “occupation by the Russian Federation of the territory of the Republic of Estonia”, which refuses compensation for these lands.

Border agreements

Former Minister of foreign Affairs of Estonia Urmas Paet and the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov in may 2005 signed a Treaty on the state border and the delimitation of Maritime areas in the Narva and Finnish gulfs. They were legalized post-war administrative border, which took place somewhat to the East before the war. However, the Estonian Parliament to the law on the ratification of treaties had added a preamble about the validity of the Tartu peace Treaty of 1920. Under this Treaty, the RSFSR was the first to recognize the independence of Estonia, it passed and the pre-war border.

But as the Russian side considers the Tartu peace Treaty only as a historical document, not legally binding in Russia regarded the decision of Parliament of Estonia as an attempt to reserve in the future territorial claims to it and signed the contracts was withdrawn.

February 18, 2014 in Moscow Paet and Lavrov signed the new contracts. They have added two articles: what the parties have no territorial claims to each other and that treaties apply only to address cross-border issues.

25 November 2015, the Estonian Parliament completed the first reading of the draft law on the ratification of treaties, and have suspended the ratification process of waiting for reciprocal steps of the Russian Parliament.

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