Border Treaty Gave Estonia Only Abstract and Naive Security, Says Minister ({{commentsTotal}})

Minister of Agriculture Helir-Valdor Seeder, a critic of the border treaty negotiations Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

IRL's Agriculture Minister, Helir-Valdor Seeder, the only Cabinet member opposing the recently signed Estonian-Russian border treaty, said the agreement does nothing for Estonian security.

Speaking on ETV's “Kahekõne” program on Thursday, Seeder said Estonia should have had only its own interests in mind, like in 1918 and 1991.

“I think we have little use for a treaty in its current from,” the minister said, adding that the first mistake was by Prime Minister Andres Tarand (1994-95), when he separated the 1920 Treaty of Tartu from the new border treaty.

He said that the new treaty is technical, but fails to address a number of problems, such as common roads and water sources.

“We don't necessarily have to win back land across Narva, or invade Petseri (Pechory), but we should act very pragmatically,” Seeder said, adding that all Estonia received with the treaty was a naïve and abstract sense of security.

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