Russia Now Ready to Sign Border Treaty, Says Paet ({{commentsTotal}})

Foreign Ministers Sergei Lavrov (left) and Urmas Paet
Foreign Ministers Sergei Lavrov (left) and Urmas Paet Source: (RIA Novosti/Scanpix)

Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said he spoke to his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, yesterday and was told that Russia has no objections to signing the long-discussed border treaty between the two nations.

Paet told ETV on Thursday that the only question now remaining is the time of signing, adding that he has formally invited Lavrov to Estonia for the ceremony.

University of Tartu political scientist Karmo Tüür told ETV last week that the treaty remained unsigned in 2013 only because Russia's focus was on Syria and Ukraine.

Estonia and Russia were on the verge of signing a border treaty in 2005, but Russia withdrew its approval at the last hour.

Putin asked Russia's Foreign Ministry to restart talks on the treaty in October of 2012, after which discussions were reopened.