No objective hurdles to border treaty ratification, says Pentus-Rosimannus ({{commentsTotal}})

Keit Pentus-Rosimannus
Keit Pentus-Rosimannus Source: (Postimees/Scanpix)

New Estonian foreign minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus said the delay in the ratification of the Estonian-Russian border treaty will not affect Estonia's security, but there are no objective reasons for the delay.

“We, on the Estonian side, are ready, but both sides need to be ready for the ratification,” she told ERR news on Sunday.

“Enforcing the border treaty is in the interest of both sides and would allow the marking of the state border. The draft law to ratify the border treaty has passed its first reading in the Parliament. The Russian state Duma must also take the first steps to move the whole process forward,” Pentus-Rosimannus said.

She added that Estonia is moving forward with clearing the temporary border line between the two countries.

The head of the Russian Parliament's foreign affairs committee, Aleksey Pushkov, said last week that ratification of the treaty, which was signed in February, is not possible in the current political environment.

No effect on security, says Kross

Security expert Eerik-Niiles Kross, who recently ditched IRL and joined the Reform Party, said in an opinion piece published in Delfi that ratification would change little, considering the current security situation in the region.

He said Russia has shown its contempt for both written and unwritten treaties and any deal with Russia is not worth much, adding that it is symbolic that two days after signing the border treaty with Estonia, Russia ripped up border, friendship and other treaties with Ukraine.

“At the same time as [Russian FM Sergey] Lavrov was signing our border treaty in one room, an attack on Ukraine was being drawn up in the next room,” Kross said, adding that Estonia has not tied the treaty to the events in Ukraine, but Russia now has, and it has also tied the treaty to EU-Russian relations.

“With that decision Russia has played itself into a position where the lack of a border treaty damages itself considerably more than it does Estonia,” Kross said.