Russia Approves Border Treaty Agreement ({{commentsTotal}})

The Russian (left) and Estonian foreign ministers, Sergei Lavrov and Urmas Paet
The Russian (left) and Estonian foreign ministers, Sergei Lavrov and Urmas Paet Source: Photo: RIA Novosti/Scanpix

The Russian government has approved a proposed border treaty agreement with Estonia last week and a bill is awaiting signing by the Russian president.

In order to take effect, the agreement must also be signed by the Estonian and Russian foreign ministers and ratified on a parliamentary level, reported rus.err.ee.

"The process is finally in the final stretch and the signing of the agreement is no longer in the distance," Marko Mihkelson, chairman of the Estonian Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, told ERR.

On the Estonian side, the bill was approved by the Cabinet in May.

Negotiations on the treaty had broken down in 2005 and were re-launched last year. The Foreign Ministry recently announced that bilateral consultations had been successful and that a new plan would add two clauses to the original document, stipulating that the treaty regulates solely the path of the border and ruling out territorial claims.